There is a "certain value" to President Donald Trump fighting out the government shutdown rather than resorting to using a national emergency to get the wall built at the nation's southern border, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Friday.
"Every day that goes by, it's more obvious that the Democrats don't value the safety of Americans nearly as much as they value the convenience of people trying to get here illegally and every day," Gingrich said during an interview on Fox Business' "Mornings with Maria."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is saying that even if she gets everything she wants, "'I still won't give you the wall,'" he added. "I think that attitude is a really bad way for them to start with a new Congress."
He said he does think Trump has "every right" to declare a national emergency, but the standoff also means a key moment for Trump to define what's at stake for the nation and for shaping his next two years in office.
It also doesn't matter if some Republicans don't back at Trump's stance, because he'll still keep enough votes in Congress to sustain any veto he could make, said Gingrich. Further, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he won't bring in a bill that Trump won't sign.
"Nancy Pelosi can perform a ballet act, she can jump up and down, and it won't matter," he said. "It won't change anything. She can't force it through."