While discussing border security at the closing of her press briefing on Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that the Untied States has three coasts, “North, South and West.”
The issue of Border security came up after a journalist began asking Speaker Pelosi about her CR for The Department of Homeland Security:
According to a transcript provided by the Speaker’s website, the lead exchange went like this:
Q: Madam Leader, I just want to ask about – you said you would accept the CR for DHS.
Leader Pelosi. Yes.
Q: Are you looking for a CR into the early part of the year? Are you looking for a full year?
Leader Pelosi. Oh, a full year, a full year.
Q: So you don’t want to have this fight again in January is basically what you’re –
Leader Pelosi. No, no, a full year. There’s no point in doing that. But even if you have a CR for a full year, it doesn’t mean that at some point if you come to another conclusion you can pass a bill, but you have to – you can’t do this week – there’s too much uncertainty involved.
Q: May I follow up on this question?
Leader Pelosi. Sure.
Q: To follow up on his question very quickly. Some of your – some of the House Democrats are concerned about adding more money for this border fence, and if you guys do a CR, my understanding is that that would approve $1.3 million, at least, for the border fence?
Leader Pelosi. No, not necessarily
Q: Correct? That’s what it was last year. So if you extend that again, wouldn’t that cause a problem –
Leader Pelosi. No, no, it depends on how you spend the money. It’s border security. It’s about border security.
Q: But within that, there was money for the fence as well.
Leader Pelosi. Well, you’re talking about a fence, you’re not talking about a wall now.
Q: But you’re okay with that as long as –
Leader Pelosi. No. I’m okay with what our Chairwoman, Lucille Roybal-Allard, she is the person who has fought on these issues her entire stay in Congress, which has been for a couple of decades. We’re blessed that she’s in the position that she is in. She knows that. We, most of us, speaking for myself, consider the wall immoral, ineffective and expensive, and the President said – he promised – he also promised Mexico would pay for it. So even if they did, it’s immoral still, and then they’re not going to pay for it. So that isn’t how I would interpret a congressional – a continuing resolution.
“We can move forward with this,” she said. “We have a responsibility, all of us, to secure our borders, North, South, and coming in by plane on our coasts, three coasts–North, South and West–and that’s the responsibility we honor. But we do so by honoring our values as well.”
Leader Pelosi is no stranger to gaphs of this nature, but as the numbers begin to pile up some may question if she truly is the right fit to lead the House once again.
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