Vice President Mike Pence was interviewed by CBS’s Jeff Glor following the State of the Union at which point he was asked whether he considered the government shutdown to be a mistake.
“I never think it’s a mistake to stand up for what you believe in,” Pence told CBS News, “and I think what the American people admire most about this president is he says what he means and he means what he says, in a very real sense.”
“He said there was a crisis at our southern border, he said he was determined to get the funding to build a wall and secure our border, and he was willing to take a stand to accomplish that,” Pence asserted.
“Now, we agreed to reopen the government for three weeks, because after talking to Democrat rank and file members of the Senate and of the House, we were told they were willing to work with us,” Pence said Wednesday.
“They were willing to fund a barrier at our southern border and to address the other priorities that the president laid out in that common sense approach.”
He added, “We’ve taken them at their word, but the American people saw this president is absolutely determined to keep his word to secure our border and end the crisis of illegal immigration.”
The vice president said that the president’s objective was to do everything in his power to keep his campaign promise to build a wall along the United States border, and to that end, he would not rule out another government shutdown, he does, however, hope to avoid it.
When asked if he could guarantee that there wouldn’t be a second government shutdown, Pence said that he could not guarantee it.
“I think our hope is that there’s not, but I can’t make that guarantee Jeff. The simple truth is that Congress needs to do their job and the president laid out last night a common-sense approach to deal with what is a very real crisis on our southern border.
“The reality is that there is also the security threat, the flow of narcotics, of individuals with criminal background and gangs that come into our country.
“So the president has made it clear, he’s laid out a plan to secure our border, to build a steel barrier in the 10 most important areas that our homeland security says that we need it, to have additional detection technology to stop the flow of illegal drugs, additional border personnel to deal with illegal immigration and human trafficking, additional medical support to deal with the humanitarian crisis, approaching our border,” Pence said.
“All of that is exactly what the American people want us to do, Congress could come together and deliver that and by delivering that we not only can avoid a government shutdown again but we can finally after decades of looking the other, we can finally take decisive steps to secure our border.”