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Rep. Meadows is Nervous Trump Will ‘Cave’ on Border Wall: Not Even a Punt, ‘This is a Fumble!’

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Rep. Mark Meadows, the chair of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, hit President Donald Trump on Fox & Friends Thursday for his wavering on funding the border wall.

Meadows was careful to couch his criticism of the president — framing it as coming from Fox News viewers: “They believe that he’s getting bad advice. They know that he’s promised not once, not twice, but three different times that he would get border wall funding. And here we are, about to punt.”

“And I would argue it’s not a punt,” the North Carolina Republican continued. “A punt actually helps improve the field advantage. This is a fumble!”

“And we need to make sure that the president stays firm. And a lot of people are very nervous this morning that whether the president will cave or not,” he added.

Fox News host Ed Henry pushed back, asking how for the last two years the Republican-controlled government couldn’t get funding for the border wall.

“We failed, we fumbled,” Meadows admitted, before blamed his fellow lawmakers for thwarting attempts to pass wall funding.

Meadows also made the case for a shutdown, reassuring Henry that “the vast majority of the government will remain open.”

“Now is the time to fight,” Meadows added.

Trump had previously insisted that he was willing to shut down the government to get his border wall funded, but he appeared to back down from that threat when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday announced a short-term spending bill that keeps the government open into 2019, but denies wall funding.

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