Adam Smith: ‘There Is No Evidence Whatsoever’ the Wall Will ‘Enhance’ Border Security
SMITH: Well, no because that’s the point, the wall is not in itself a bad idea, it’s just — it’s been done. And what the president has not done is he has not made the case that on the portions of the border where a wall has not been built, how is a wall going to actually enhance border security? There is no evidence whatsoever that that’s necessary, and yet he is willing to shut down the government and stop paying border patrol agents, and, in many cases, you know, stop all the efforts that we have made to enhance border security over a campaign promise. And a campaign promise, as you pointed out, that Mexico was supposed to pay for.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Let’s —
SMITH: He is shutting down the government to break his signature campaign promise.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Let’s talk about —
SMITH: His signature campaign promise was that the taxpayers weren’t going to have to pay for it.