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.
Former CIA operative explains why there’s ‘probably’ a recording of Trump’s call to Ukraine
Former CIA operative Robert Baer warned during a CNN interview that President Donald Trump is going to do whatever he can to hide the transcript of his call with Ukraine from ever being released. He even went so far as to speculate that there's likely a recording of the call.
In a panel discussion Sunday, MSNBC host Ayman Mohyeldin asked if there was a tape of the call.
"I think there probably is one," said Baer. "The whistleblower wouldn’t come forward without good evidence. When you bring a charge against the president of the United States, you better be well-equipped to back that up. Now, I don’t know whether this was an intercepted phone call of the president of Ukraine or it’s a White House transcript itself. But I would imagine this has got so much attention, there’s got to be a transcript out there."
Entire CNN panel beats down Santorum for Ukraine misinformation: ‘You don’t get to decide what the facts are’
Conservative CNN contributor Rick Santorum was called out on Sunday after he seemed to be uneducated about President Donald Trump's attempt to have Ukraine investigate Joe Biden and his son.
During a panel discussion on CNN, Republican contributor Mia Love said that Trump's communication with Ukraine was not "appropriate" if he was looking for campaign help.
"There is no equivalence between Joe Biden and Hunter Biden and what this president has allegedly done," Democratic consultant Karen Finney noted. "The things that were investigated against the Bidens [were] shelved, totally debunked."
Tapper smacks Mnuchin with Trump kids’ international business deals after attack on Biden son
In a fairly contentious interview with Steve Mnuchin, CNN host Jake Tapper pointed out how Donald Trump's children -- Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric -- have been using their father's name to swing international deals after the Treasury secretary accused former Vice President Joe Biden's son of doing the same.
Mnuchin first dismissed reporting by the Washington Post and the conservative Wall Street Journal that Donald Trump was withholding Ukraine funding in an effort to get dirt on Biden and his son -- saying neither newspaper could be trusted -- he then complained to the CNN host about having to spend seven and a half minutes talking about Trump's Ukraine scandal.