During an interview on NPR’s Morning Edition, Steve Inskeep, the host, talked about how Air Traffic Controllers Association is concerned about how the government shutdown will impact airplane safety.
Raw Story reported that Inskeep asked White House spokesperson Mercedes Schlapp, “If a plane crashes and people are killed because of this shutdown, is the wall worth that?”
Schlapp avoided answering. Instead she responded “What the president wants to do is have the Democrats come to the table.”
“The president is the one who is making the demand. Is the wall worth people getting killed?” Inskeep rebutted.
Schlapp ignored the question, saying, “The Democrats’ demand is not going to work. They don’t even want to have a discussion with the president to come to a compromise. So we want to open the government, we want the Democrats to come to the table.”
Inskeep pressed on, “If the shutdown leads to a terror attack that gets Americans killed is the wall worth that?”
“Yes or no?” Inskeep continued.
Schlapp resorted to repeating, “Again, I’m going to say that the Democrats need to come to the table. We are ready to open the government.”
“Why are you uncomfortable answering yes or no to that question?” Inskeep asked.
“I — I think at the end of the day,” Schlapp attempted to explain, “not any American thinks that, you know, we want to [create] any safety concerns. And that is why the president wants to open up the government, secure our border, have the Democrats come to the table.”