Fox Business Network host Dagen McDowell called out President Trump on Wednesday over his claims that Mexico is already paying for the border wall, even though the government has been shut down for 11 days over the controversial campaign promise. “I want to know why in the name of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy are you talking about Mexico is paying for it?” she asked during a segment on Fox News’ Outnumbered. “Well then why did you shut the government down? In terms of the political messaging, this makes zero sense to me.”
The outburst came hours after the president falsely claimed on Twitter Wednesday morning that Mexico is paying for the border wall. Currently, the president is holding the government hostage in a shutdown until House Democrats agree to give him $5 billion to fund the wall’s construction. “Mexico is paying for the Wall through the new USMCA Trade Deal. Much of the Wall has already been fully renovated or built,” Trump wrote. “We have done a lot of work. $5.6 Billion Dollars that House has approved is very little in comparison to the benefits of National Security. Quick payback!”
McDowell later said Trump is being “politically savvy” in his attempt to avoid admitting he’s about to break his promise about getting Mexico to pay for the wall.