As President Donald Trump struggles to obtain funding for his promised border wall, one Fox News host predicted the wall simply isn’t going to happen, saying on Wednesday that Trump will not have it constructed by 2020.
During Outnumbered on Wednesday, Fox News anchor Julie Banderas launched a discussion into the possible outcomes of the third government shutdown of 2018, which occurred because Democrats refused Trump’s demand for $5 billion worth of funding for a border wall the president promised during his campaign trial.
“If the Republicans don’t give what the Democrats want, the shutdown is going to continue until January, then the Democrats take over, then Republicans have no chance of getting the border wall,” Banderas said.
Fox Business host Lisa "Kennedy" Montgomery added that if the wall “is the hill that the president is going to die on politically, he’s in for a rough ride.”
Banderas later said she doesn’t believe the wall will go up at all: “Let me make a prediction... I’m going to make a 2020 prediction,” she said. “The wall is never going up. Mark my words.”
“First of all, there will not be the money. The $5.7 billion, even if it actually is passed, that’s a penny compared to what the ultimate cost would be, not to mention the logistics. It would cost over $20 billion to put up the wall,” Banderas explained. “There are thousands of miles, many of which is ruled by eminent domain. There are over 30 cases going on since the Obama administration… the courts are fighting against farmers who won’t give up their land so it’s going to cost some $20 million per farm just to get that land alone.”
“I don’t care if you call it a slat, a fence, a wall — it’s not happening,” Banderas concluded.