President Donald Trump continues to insist on funding for a border wall, maintaining a government shutdown that is now in its 33rd day.
Trump often cites the need to keep US cities close to the Southwest border safe from an influx of migrants and drugs.
On Wednesday, San Diego’s Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer appeared on CNN to dispute the president’s claim that the city needs a wall to be secure.
First, he noted that the border is secure.
“We’ve had border fencing for decades. You just talked about security. Just this past year, we were named the safest big city in America. We’re proud of that,” Faulconer said.
Secondly, he pointed out that a wall is not his preferred way of dealing with the city’s Mexican neighbors.
“We’re going to be talking about the importance of increasing trade,” he said.
“We have a great positive relationship with Mexico,” the mayor added. “It’s about neighbors working together.”
Rather than build a wall, Faulconer called on lawmakers to improve relations between the two countries.
“[It’s about] building bridges. Free trade works,” he said.
“This is not a partisan issue, this is about doing the right thing,” the mayor said, about the need to reopen the government. Faulconer also noted that members of the Coast Guard, San Diego’s main line of defense, have gone unpaid for far too long.
Republicans fear Trump’s attack on Yovanovitch ‘backfired’: CNN’s Jim Acosta
On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta reported that Republicans on Capitol Hill are worried that President Donald Trump's Twitter attack on former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch during her public testimony in the impeachment hearing only hurt his cause.
"The president will be back to keeping an eye on the impeachment inquiry as the public hearings get underway," said Acosta. "Mr. Trump's fellow Republicans are hopeful he will cease his targeting of administration officials who are testifying. As one Trump campaign source told me over the weekend about the president's attacks late last week, it was not a, quote, 'good day for the GOP.' There are a lot of Republicans who feel like that backfired."
Dick Cheney’s cardiologist explains why Donald Trump’s hospital visit is ‘worrisome’ — and what it could be
Dr. Jonathan Reiner, who is still former Vice President Dick Cheney’s cardiologist, said that he spoke with someone assigned to talk about the president's health in the White House and still has questions about President Donald Trump's trip to Walter Reed over the weekend.
"This had been something they had been thinking about for a while, the president had some downtime, so he went over to Walter Reed to get some of this done," said Dr. Reiner, citing the White House source. "There was no sophisticated testing done. It's a little bit unusual. Almost everything that is usually done in a presidential physical like this, can be done in the White House at the White House medical unit. So, it doesn't really make a lot of sense why the president would travel to Walter Reed on a Saturday afternoon for this kind of testing."
GOP ‘increasingly concerned and uncomfortable’ after string of witnesses testify against Trump: CNN’s Gangel
The Republican Party is still publicly sticking by President Donald Trump, but CNN's Jamie Gangel claims that they're saying something very different in private.
After watching a video clip of Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) admitting that details about Trump's actions regarding Ukraine have been "alarming," CNN's Brooke Baldwin asked Gangel if that sentiment reflected a broader consensus among Republicans as a whole.
"Republicans are, I am told over and over again, increasingly concerned and uncomfortable," she said. "These have been such impressive witnesses from the State Department, these career officials, and when the president goes on Twitter and starts to attack them, it makes Republicans very uncomfortable."