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Fox News’ Pete Hegseth Advises Mick Mulvaney: It’s ‘Moral’ to Continue Shut Down ‘Until You Get a Wall’

Fox & Friends co-host Pete Hegseth pressed soon-to-be White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney after he suggested compromising with Democrats on wall funding, telling the Trump administration staffer that “the moral thing to do is to keep it shut down until you get a wall.”

“The Democrats have simply shut down the discussion. They did not even counter us,” Mulvaney said on Fox News this morning after the Fox & Friends crew asked him about the status of funding talks. “We went back by the way after the second 1.3 billion, picked a number less than five we came off our five billion dollars slightly. They instead coming up from the $1.3 billion, left town.”

The administration’s budget director accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of avoiding negotiations because she “does not have the votes for speakership yet, so “she cannot be seen by her party as being weak on negotiating with Donald Trump.”

“Mr Director, it was $25 billion that was possibly on the table. Now it is $5. It was $1.3,” Hegseth said. “Mr. Mulvaney, a lot of Trump supporters feel like $5 million is already a compromise, so now to start to float out there $2.5, $2.7, wouldn’t that look like a cave on the key issue?”

Mulvaney reminded the Fox News host that “anything that opens the government requires 60 votes in the Senate.”

“It must have some Democrat support,” he added. “That is why we tried to negotiate.”

After attacking Pelosi for condemning Trump’s wall idea as “immoral,” Hegseth advised Mulvaney on what the White House should do next:

“The moral thing to do is to keep it shut down until you get a wall. Trump supporters are going to expect that. How attuned are you to the reality a compromise that makes look like here we go Republicans are caving again? No that is real thing that has to be factored in, right?”

“We’re not compromising on the importance of border security,” Mulvaney concluded. “We’re simply trying to come to a deal on the amount of money we will spend on the next fiscal year.”

The government, which was shut down on December 20 after Trump opted to close it rather than accept the Democrats border security offer, is expected to reopen after Democrats assume control of the House on January 3.

Watch above, via Fox News.

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