While the field of potential Democratic challengers to POTUS Donald Trump remains large, one semi-official candidate has already emerged: Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
Nicknamed “Fauxcohontas” by critics for claiming in the past, without evidence, that she has a Native American bloodline and may have used that claim to gain an employment advantage at Harvard University, Warren has formed a presidential exploratory committee, which is generally the first step in a formal campaign.
On New Year’s Eve, Pete Hegseth on Fox News Channel’s “All-American New Year” on Monday night asked the president about whether he thought Warren had a chance to beat him.
“You’d have to ask her psychiatrist,” he quipped.
Pressed further, the president said it would be a “wonderful thing” for him to have Warren as his Democratic challenger.
“I’d love to run against her,” said POTUS, adding that he believes he is “going to win big.”
The president also lashed out at incoming House leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., over their refusal to discuss options for reopening the portion of government that remains unfunded and closed, saying “a lot of people are looking to get their paycheck.”
“They can come over right now, they could have come over any time. I spent Christmas in the White House. I spent New Year’s Eve now in the White House and you know, I’m here. I’m ready to go,” POTUS told Hegseth.
He also described Democrats’ unwillingness to fund his border wall their blocking of some 360 of his nominees as “pure obstruction.”
Asked if he would compromise on the border wall, POTUS seemed resolute.
“We have to have border security and a wall is part of border security. You know, I hear so much about ‘the wall is old-fashioned.’ No, the wall is not old-fashioned, the wall is 100 percent foolproof … I guess they’d say the wheel is old-fashioned, but it’s been around for a long time. The wall is the only way to do it — and technology. Nobody knows more about technology than me, but technology [is] just the bells and whistles on the wall.”
“If you don’t have the wall, you’re going to have people coming in,” he added. “And my border patrol people, they do a fantastic job. But you know, they need the backup of the wall and they’re the ones that want it more than anybody, Pete,” he said.
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