U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah said Friday he supports President Donald Trump's push for a border wall that has led to a government shutdown and questioned why Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi won't agree to "another few miles" of barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Romney also said he plans to keep working with other senators to find interim solutions, such as legislation that would make sure essential government employees still working get paid now.
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The 2012 GOP presidential nominee and new Utah senator acknowledged that it "takes two to tango" but backed Trump's position and chided Pelosi for hers. That's noteworthy from Romney, who despite being a Republican like Trump, has frequently criticized the president.
"You (Pelosi) and your fellow Democrats have voted for over 600 miles of border fence in the past, why won't you vote for another few miles now?" said Romney, speaking in the northern Utah city of Ogden after visiting with county commissioners about the shutdown's impact on the community. "I don't understand their position, I really don't."
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He implored the two sides to "make a deal" and end the suffering of federal workers who aren't getting paid, suggesting Pelosi should offer a certain amount of money for the border wall and make a proposal to the president about border security. He said Trump is willing to allow participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to stay in the country.
"On policy, it strikes me like there's not a big gap but the politics have drawn people into different corners," Romney said.
Romney - Country - Security - Barriers - Border
Romney said the country deserves border security, which includes more barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border. He said there is "humanitarian pain" being suffered by...
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