Trump forced a partial government shutdown at midnight Friday over his insistence that the border wall be paid for by American taxpayers.
Lieu described the shutdown ― the third during Trump’s presidency ― as a “failure of Republican leadership.”
“Democrats and Republicans both support border security, and Donald Trump’s No. 1 campaign promise was not the wall, it was that Mexico would fund the wall.”
The prominent House Judiciary Committee Democrat added that Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall would be a waste of taxpayer money for “inefficient, wasteful technology.”
“Making America great again doesn’t mean using 19th century technology,” he said, referring to Trump’s campaign promise. “This is like building a big moat around America. We don’t do things like that anymore.”
Watch Lieu’s interview in the clip below: