Former House Republican: Trump will lose the presidency if he backs away from border security
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Former Rep. Mia LoveLudmya (Mia) LoveThe 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority Juan Williams: Racial shifts spark fury in Trump and his base Trump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign MORE (R-Utah) said Sunday that she believes President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Dems demand Barr cancel 'inappropriate' press conference on Mueller report DOJ plans to release 'lightly redacted' version of Mueller report Thursday: WaPo Nadler accuses Barr of 'unprecedented steps' to 'spin' Mueller report MORE will "lose the presidency" if he's unable to secure funding for his proposed wall along the southern border.

"I believe that If the president actually backs away from border security and his border wall, he will lose the presidency and Republicans are going to have a really hard time," Love said on "State of the Union" on CNN. 

She suggested that the wall is so critical to Trump that Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDOJ plans to release 'lightly redacted' version of Mueller report Thursday: WaPo Pelosi accuses Barr of 'single-minded effort' to protect Trump against Mueller report Dems attack Barr's credibility after report of White House briefings on Mueller findings MORE (D-Calif.) should use it as leverage to demand permanent protections for "Dreamers" or immigrants receiving Temporary Protected Status (TPS), or other immigration reforms. 

"She can ask for anything and at least start there," Love said.

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Love lost her re-election bid last November. Trump singled her out in a press conference after the midterm elections, criticizing her and other defeated Republicans for failing to embrace him on the campaign trail.

Trump on Saturday proposed a deal that would include more than $5 billion in funding for a wall along the southern border, a three-year extension of protections for “Dreamers” who benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and Temporary Protected Status holders and funding for additional immigration judges. 

The bill, if passed, would end the partial government shutdown that has lasted 30 days and counting. The shutdown was triggered by Trump's demand for border wall funding. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump, Dems prep for Mueller report's release McConnell touts Trump support, Supreme Court fights in reelection video Why Ken Cuccinelli should be Trump's choice for DHS MORE (R-Ky.) said he would bring Trump’s proposal up for a vote this week, but Democrats quickly signaled they did not support the measure, with Pelosi dismissing it as a “non-starter.”