Pelosi Slams Border Wall, Calls It Trump’s ‘Manhood Issue’

on October 15, 2018 in New York City.
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15: Rep. Nancy Pelosi talks to SiriusXM hosts Zerlina Maxwell and Jess McIntosh on October 15, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
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October 17, 2018 8:50 a.m.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) criticized President Trump’s border wall as the “worst way to protect the border” and said there’s nothing she would trade for its funding, as Congress prepares for a face-off over Trump’s campaign promise.

“It happens to be like a manhood issue for the president, building a wall, and I’m not interested in that,” she said during a discussion at Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics, according to The Washington Post and other outlets. “We can’t allow him to say we’re not interested in protecting the border. … That isn’t the only way to protect the border. In fact, it’s probably the worst way to protect the border.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) plan to make good on their promise to Trump in December: to battle it out with Democrats and possibly allow for a mini-shutdown over Trump’s wall.

Trump has said he only agreed to sign a government spending bill early in the fall that didn’t include wall funding because he didn’t want a shutdown to harm Republicans chances in the midterms.

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