While the field of potential Democratic challengers to POTUS Donald Trump remains large, oneÂ semi-officialÂ candidate has already emerged: Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
Nicknamed “Fauxcohontas” by critics for claiming in the past, without evidence, that she has a Native American bloodline and may have used that claim to gain an employment advantage at Harvard University, Warren has formed a presidential exploratory committee, which is generally the first step in a formal campaign.
On New Year’s Eve, Pete Hegseth on Fox News Channelâ€™s â€œAll-American New Yearâ€ on Monday night asked the president about whether he thought Warren had a chance to beat him.
â€œYouâ€™d have to ask her psychiatrist,” he quipped.
Pressed further, the president said it would be a â€œwonderful thingâ€ for him to have Warren as his Democratic challenger.
â€œIâ€™d love to run against her,â€ said POTUS, adding that he believes he is â€œgoing to win big.â€
The president also lashed out at incoming House leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., over their refusal to discuss options for reopening the portion of government that remains unfunded and closed, sayingÂ â€œa lot of people are looking to get their paycheck.â€
â€œThey can come over right now, they could have come over any time. I spent Christmas in the White House. I spent New Yearâ€™s Eve now in the White House and you know, Iâ€™m here. Iâ€™m ready to go,” POTUS told Hegseth.
He also described Democrats’ unwillingness to fund his border wall their blocking of some 360 of his nominees as â€œpure obstruction.”
Asked if he would compromise on the border wall, POTUS seemed resolute.
â€œWe have to have border security and a wall is part of border security. You know, I hear so much about â€˜the wall is old-fashioned.â€™ No, the wall is not old-fashioned, the wall is 100 percent foolproof â€¦ I guess theyâ€™d say the wheel is old-fashioned, but itâ€™s been around for a long time. The wall is the only way to do it â€” and technology. Nobody knows more about technology than me, but technology [is] just the bells and whistles on the wall.â€
â€œIf you donâ€™t have the wall, youâ€™re going to have people coming in,â€ he added. â€œAnd my border patrol people, they do a fantastic job. But you know, they need the backup of the wall and theyâ€™re the ones that want it more than anybody, Pete,” he said.
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