Former House Republican: Trump will lose the presidency if he backs away from border security
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Former Rep. Mia LoveLudmya (Mia) LoveFormer NFL player Burgess Owens wins Utah GOP primary The Hill's Campaign Report: The political heavyweights in Tuesday's primary fights The biggest political upsets of the decade MORE (R-Utah) said Sunday that she believes President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test 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 PelosiCoronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame On The Money: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Top Democrats say postmaster confirmed changes to mail service amid delays 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.


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 McConnellCoronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks Overnight Health Care: Ohio governor tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of Trump's visit | US shows signs of coronavirus peak, but difficult days lie ahead | Trump: COVID-19 vaccine may be ready 'right around' Election Day 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.”