Rep. Banks: "Republicans Have Frankly Failed" President Trump On Border Wall Funding
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Congressman Jim Banks (R-3) says the "process is broken" when it comes to the stalemate in the U.S. Senate over a spending bill and President Trump's request for funding to build a border wall with Mexico.
"Republicans have frankly failed [President Trump] the last couple of years by not giving him more funding at the wall," says Rep. Banks in an interview Thursday morning on 93 WIBC.
"This is our last chance [to get this passed]. Nancy Pelosi takes over the Congress [and] that will make it even harder to get this particular campaign promise accomplished," says Congressman Banks.
Banks says he stands behind President Trump and his demand for $5 billion dollars in funding to build the wall.
"That's what this President does. He's bold, he's keeping his campaign promises, and in this case, when it comes to building a wall, boosting border security, he's done exactly that," Rep. Banks says.
Banks also says Trump's recent trip to Iraq will help the President have a better understanding of what U.S. troops and their commanders are facing in the war against ISIS and other terror groups.
"I imagine that [President Trump] learned and saw things that he hadn't seen before, which is good for him as Commander-in-Chief," says Banks.
In November, Congressman Banks called on President Trump to visit Afghanistan after Banks made his own visit as part of a Congressional delegation. After his return, Rep. Banks called the situation in Afghanistan "worse than [he] thought."
Banks served in Afghanistan as an officer in the Navy Reserve in 2014 and 2015.
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