President Trump met with reporters in the Oval Office on Wednesday after signing an anti-human trafficking bill, answering a number of questions on the border wall, the government shutdown, prospective strategies for reopening the federal government, and the humanitarian and security crisis at the southern border.
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The president’s comments come on day 19 of the partial federal government shutdown, which has forced hundreds of thousands of federal workers and contractors to work without pay, or simply stay home. Numerous government agencies first ran out of funding on Dec. 22, as Democrats vowed to block Trump’s requested $5.7 billion to build the border wall.
Before ending the questioning segment, the president took one last question from ABC News’ Johnathan Karl.
The ABC News White House correspondent asked why Trump wouldn’t just sign into law the pair of clean bills that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi passed which would fully fund individual agencies of the federal government without any concessions made to the border wall.
Trump turned the question back on Karl and asked him if he would sign it. Flipping the question left Karl either unable or unwilling to answer the question.
Check out the interaction below, via a transcript provided from the Daily Wire:
“So, so, why not sign the other bills though, so some of these workers could get paid?” Karl asked.
“Do you think I should do that?” Trump fired back.
“Y-you –” Karl sputtered.
“No, do you think I should do that, Jon?” Trump pressed.
“I mean, it’s not for me to say,” Karl responded.
“I mean, I watch your one-sided reporting,” Trump continued. “Do you think I should do that? Hey Jon, no, seriously, Jon: Do you think I should just sign?”
“Well, the, the argument –” Karl said, as he continued to fumble through his response.
“Tell me, tell me,” Trump pressed.
“It has nothing to do with border security,” Karl said.
“Jon, do you think I should just sign?” Trump continued to press.
“I-I-I’m saying that if you sign that, these workers can start getting paid, the government can start –” Karl continued.
“So you would do that if you were in my position?” Trump asked. “You’d do that?”
“I’m not in your position, I’m asking you if –” Karl said, refusing to answer the question.
“I’m asking you: Would you do that if you were in my position?” Trump said. “Because if you would do that, you should never be in this position. Because you’d never get anything done.”
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