Trump says he won’t protect America because it might hurt his party in the midterms

He claims the wall is needed to keep America safe, but says he'll probably wait until after the election to help the GOP win.

Donald Trump on Fox & Friends explaining his plan to put party ahead of national security.
Donald Trump on Fox & Friends explaining his plan to put party ahead of national security. CREDIT: Fox News screenshot.

Since his 2015 campaign kickoff, Donald Trump has been peddling his claim that America needs a massive wall covering the entire border between the United States and Mexico in order to keep the nation safe. He has (without evidence) presented this as his panacea for America’s drug problem, terrorism, gang violence, and illegal immigration.

But in a Fox News interview on Thursday night, Trump announced that he will most likely not demand this supposedly vital national security step because doing so could hurt the Republican Party in the November midterms.

Throughout the 2016 campaign, Trump pretended that Mexico would pay for the multi-billion dollar project. Since his election, he has demanded that Congress appropriate $25 billion in taxpayer money for construction of his “Great Wall,” saying that Mexico will somehow reimburse that “a little later.” In a leaked conversation with the president of Mexico last year, Trump admitted that the origin of the funding for the wall was important only politically, not substantively.

In recent weeks has has alternately lied to the country with the false clam that his wall is already being built and proposing to shut down the government to force Congress to appropriate the money to build it.

But in his Fox & Friends interview, recorded at a campaign rally in Montana Thursday night, Trump said he most likely would not “upset the apple cart” even for border security because it could harm his party’s political fortunes in November.


“I guess when you get right down to it, it is up to me. But I don’t want to do anything that’s going to hurt us or potentially hurt us,” he explained, “Because I have a feeling that the Republicans we will do very well. We have the strongest economy we’ve ever had. I think we’re gonna do really well in the midterms.”

But Trump’s oath of office required him to defend the nation — not his party. While there is little evidence that a $25 billion wall would actually solve those problems, he has been the one claiming that such a move is vital to that national defense. And now he is conceding that he believes it to be less important than whether the Republicans continue to hold Congress in 2019.

“What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people…” Trump claimed in his 2017 inaugural address. “The time for empty talk is over.” Apparently not.