Sen. Jeff Flake threw criticism back at President Donald Trump over his threats to shut down the government over border wall funding, questioning what happened to his frequent campaign pledge to make Mexico pay for it.
The president threatened earlier this week at a rally in Phoenix to shut down the federal government unless the gridlocked Congress agrees to build a border wall. Flake questioned the wisdom of constructing a wall in a landscape that includes flat desert, rolling hills, canyons, mountains and waterways — all of which present unique challenges in securing the border.
“This notion of a 2,000-mile wall has been — for anyone who spends time on the border — just out there, because there is so much of the border that simply doesn’t lend itself to a wall of any type,” Flake said.
He has been a target of recent criticism from Trump, who has expressed