When asked what statute the president gives the ability to seal the border? White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Tuesday: “Look, Democrats are leaving us absolutely no choice at this point. We’ve already had to move roughly 750 personnel from ports of entry at this point and it looks like we’re going to have to move more, which will force those lines to go longer to cross the border and eventually it may be that it’s the best decision that we close the border.”

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders turns to go back into the White House after speaking to reporters, on April 2, 2019. (Susan Walsh/AP Photo)

Speaking to reporters outside the White House, Sanders said: “Certainly, we don’t want to see … this isn’t our first choice. Our first choice would be for Democrats to actually sit down with us and help fix a broken system, to address the national security and humanitarian crisis that exists at our border. We’re at a breaking point and they have left the president absolutely no choice.”

She continued: “The president has spent the last two years helping build up this economy and helping create the boom that we have. He certainly doesn’t want to hurt that but at the same time his number one job as the president is to protect life and to protect Americans and he’s going to do that. And he’s going to make sure that he makes choices even on the hard days because that’s what he was elected to do in order to protect that.”

Despite President Trump’s warning that he would shut down the border this week, Sanders said the president is “not working on a specific timeline. He’s working to look at all of the options on the table.”

She said: “We’re hoping that Mexico will continue to step up, like we’ve seen them do over the last couple of weeks. We hope that that continues and that we can work with them so that we don’t have to do that. We’d also love to see Democrats get serious about fixing the crisis at the border and work with us.”

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders speaks to reporters outside the White House, on April 2, 2019. (Susan Walsh/AP Photo)

When asked why the president grants security clearances to people who were deemed potential risks? Sarah Sanders answered: ” I’m not going to get into individual security clearances, but what the Democrats are doing is playing a very dangerous and a shameful game, frankly. They’re asking for personal, private, and confidential information from individuals that they know that they have no right to see and they’re putting the 3 million people that do have a security clearance at risk.”

Sanders said: “We’ll continue to cooperate but they can’t ask for information that they know they legally have no right to see.” 


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