Sean Hannity urged President Trump to dig in his heels for funding of the border wall, even if it means keeping the government closed through his State of the Union address on Jan. 29… or longer.
“As much of an inconvenience, some people that work for the government and I hope they get their back pay, it needs to continue, straight throughout State of the Union and maybe beyond,” Hannity said at the end of a more than 20 minute opening monologue for his Fox News program Friday.
“The State of the Union, the president, he can take his case directly to you, we, the people. While the president should support back pay for those furloughed employees, make no mistake. No matter what the president does, he must hold firm on this border wall funding from Congress,” Hannity said.
When the Senate failed to pass a spending bill that included $5 billion for a U.S.-Mexico border wall on Dec. 22, a partial government shutdown was ordered, and the POTUS says he will reject any spending package that lacks it. In a Friday news conference, Trump warned that a partial government shutdown could go on for several months (or even years) or he could declare a national emergency to build the wall without Congress’ approval.
The Trump administration and the new Democratic House majority remain unable to come to an agreement over the proposed wall. Nancy Pelosi, returning for her second stint as House Speaker, has called the wall “immoral” and has vowed to prevent any money from being appropriated to it. As the shutdown goes into its third week, some 800,000 federal employees have been forced to go on unpaid leave or work without pay.
After initially being open to a deal with Democrats, Trump made the decision to shut down the government after facing intense criticism from allies on the right, including Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh.
Trump said during his campaign that the wall would be paid for by Mexico, a plan which Mexico vehemently rejected. The wall went unfunded by the U.S. in the first two years of Trump’s term, during which time Republicans held control of Congress.