Fox News host Dagen McDowell slammed President Donald Trump on Wednesday, saying his claim that Mexico would pay for a border wall through a new trade deal with the U.S. “makes zero sense” as a political message.
Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to claim that Mexico would be paying for the border wall through the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
But McDowell isn’t buying it.
“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?” McDowell said on Fox News’s “Outnumbered” on Wednesday. “Well then why did you shut the government down? In terms of the political messaging, this makes zero sense to me.”
Trump has said in the past that Mexico is paying for the wall through savings the U.S. will make in the new trade deal.
Congress has yet to take up the deal, and with a Democratic majority in the House starting on Thursday, it is unclear if the bill will pass as it is currently constructed.
The government is currently in its second week of a partial shutdown as Republicans and Democrats are at an impasse over funding for a border wall.
Trump has taken the government hostage and is demanding more than $5 billion in funding for the wall. He says he will turn down any offer from Democrats that does not include the money.
Watch McDowell’s response in the clip below via Fox News: