As the longest federal government shutdown in American history continues, Lara Trump, daughter-in-law and campaign advisor to President Donald Trump, told Bold TV she thinks the short-term pain of going without salaries would be worth long-term reforms to our nation’s immigration system.
“Listen, this is it’s not fair to you, and we all get that, but this is so much bigger than any one person,” Lara Trump said when asked what she would say to the workers and families affected by the shutdown. “It is a little bit of pain, but it’s going to be for the future of our country and their children and their grandchildren, and generations after them will thank them for their sacrifice right now. I know it’s hard, I know people have families, they have bills to pay, they have mortgages, they have rents that are due. But, the president is trying every single day to come up with a good solution here, and the reality is, it’s been something that’s gone on for too long, and been unaddressed, our immigration problem. If we do nothing right now, it’s never gonna get fixed. This is our one opportunity. So, I would just tell them please stay strong. We appreciate everything that you’re sacrificing. We’re behind you and we’re going to do everything we can. The President is doing everything he can to resolve this quickly.”
Lara Trump said the shutdown, now in its 31st day, would continue as long as it takes until President Trump is able to secure funding to build a physical barrier on the Southern border.
“It’s gonna last as long as these Democrats keep playing politics,” Lara Trump said. “The reality is, the president is out there fighting every single day, for what he knows is the right thing to do. He knows we need to reform our broken immigration system. He knows that we need a wall or a structure of some sort, however you wanna talk about it on our Southern border. The reality is, the Democrats who oppose this so strongly right now, not too many years ago were all on board with this, because it was under a different President. So, he knows that he is going to win this, the reality is he’s got the people of the country behind him. They voted him in office, because this is one of his campaign promises. So, I think it’s gonna last as long as it takes these Democrats to come to the table.”
Lara Trump said talk of separating immigration reform from the government shutdown is a non-starter because it takes away the negotiating power President Trump has in order to make immigration changes that have simply been talked about for decades.
“The problem is that the president then has no card,” Lara Trump said. “He’s got no hand to play, and he even asked Nancy Pelosi, he said ‘If we reopen the government, would you in 30 days sit down and talk to me about the immigration problem?’ and she said no! So, the reality is, he’s got to use every thing he has to his advantage and this is what he has right now, and it’s really sad that the Democrats care so little about the people that work in the government that they’re not willing to negotiate at all.”
Watch the full Bold TV interview with Lara Trump below:
Carrie Sheffield is the founder of Bold. She is passionate about storytelling to empower and connect others. A founding POLITICO reporter, Carrie contributed on political economy at Forbes and wrote editorials for The Washington Times. After earning a master’s in public policy from Harvard University, she managed credit risk at Goldman Sachs and researched for American Enterprise Institute scholar Edward Conard. She earned a B.A. in communications at Brigham Young University and completed a Fulbright fellowship in Berlin.