Former House Republican: Trump will lose the presidency if he backs away from border security
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Former Rep. Mia LoveLudmya (Mia) LoveVoters elected a record number of Black women to Congress this year — none were Republican Democrats lead in diversity in new Congress despite GOP gains McAdams concedes to Owens in competitive Utah district MORE (R-Utah) said Sunday that she believes President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: LeBron James's 'racist rants' are divisive, nasty North Carolina man accused of fraudulently obtaining .5M in PPP loans Biden announces picks to lead oceans, lands agencies 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 PelosiOvernight Health Care: Pelosi pushes for drug pricing measure | South Africa to resume administering Johnson & Johnson vaccine | Early data indicate Pfizer, Moderna vaccines safe for pregnant women Allow a vote on the 'Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act' Female Republicans 'horrified' by male GOP lawmaker's description of Cheney: report 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 McConnellTim Scott to deliver GOP response to Biden's speech to Congress GOP state attorneys general urge Biden, Congress not to expand Supreme Court The Memo: Washington's fake debate on 'bipartisanship' 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.”