Florida Senator Marco Rubio spoke on Face the Nation about a possible government shutdown over finding funding for President Trump’s wall to tackle illegal immigration. Host John Dickerson asked the Sunshine State Senator if the wall was in issue worth fighting for if it meant causing the government to shutdown.
To this, Rubio explained that “we’re just trying to finish out the current cycle, the current budget year. And so I think that’s a fight worth having and a conversation and a debate worth having for 2018. And if we can do some of that now, that would be great. But we cannot shut down the government right now. We have a potential crisis brewing with North Korea. We have seen what’s going on, the ongoing crisis in Syria.”
He also added that “We don’t know what the outcome of the French election is going to be, but that could potentially throw the European Union and the NATO alliance into some level of consternation. The last thing we can afford is to send a message to the world that the United States government, by the way, is only partially functioning. I mean, that would just have catastrophic impact, in my view, or certainly a very destabilizing, I should say, impact on global affairs. And so we should keep that in mind going into this week.”
The Wall was a widely discussed subject in the 2016 Presidential election and it’s a promise President Donald Trump looks to keep in order to combat illegal immigration in the United States.