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Dem says Trump should give up 'medieval' wall for modern security technology

Democratic Rep. Harley RoudaHarley Edwin RoudaCalifornia was key factor in House GOP's 2020 success Here are the 17 GOP women newly elected to the House this year Rundown of the House seats Democrats, GOP flipped on Election Day MORE (Calif.) says lawmakers could quickly reach a deal to end the partial government shutdown if President TrumpDonald TrumpGiuliani used provisional ballot to vote in 2020 election, same method he disparaged in fighting to overturn results Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Fox News' DC managing editor Bill Sammon to retire MORE would give up his border wall, calling it an idea from "medieval times."

“I think if the president would simply give up on the outdated notion of building a wall from medieval times and would embrace the idea of today’s technologies for border security we could quickly put this to rest,” Rouda told actor Richard Schiff on Friday.

But Rouda doesn't believe Trump will back down on his demands for border wall funding anytime soon. 

"He will not give up on the concrete wall, which is a bit ironic too because let's remember he got elected by repeating over and over and over that Mexico was going to pay for this wall," the congressman said.

Rouda said Trump now expects American taxpayers to “waste” their money for a barrier that “will not do the job” in providing better border security along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Building a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border was one of Trump's key promises during the 2016 election, and since taking office, Trump has repeatedly claimed that he would make Mexico pay for it.

Mexico, however, has refused. In August, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray Caso said that, even though the country reached a new trade deal with the U.S., Mexican officials would "never" agree to pay for a wall. 

Trump, meanwhile, has said that he will do whatever it takes to get his border wall, even if it means declaring a national emergency. 

During a closed-door meeting with congressional lawmakers on Friday, President Trump also said he is prepared to allow the shutdown to drag on for months or even years if he doesn’t get his $5 billion to fund the border wall. 

Trump nevertheless said the meeting was “productive,” and the group came a “long way” during the meeting.

Democratic leaders who were at the meeting did not echo the president’s sentiment.

Both Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWoman accused of trying to sell Pelosi laptop to Russians arrested Conspiracies? Let's investigate this one FBI investigating whether woman took Pelosi laptop, tried to sell it to Russians MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerCowboys for Trump founder arrested following Capitol riot Graham pushes Schumer for vote to dismiss impeachment article Biden and the new Congress must protect Americans from utility shutoffs MORE (N.Y.) said they don’t think the standoff will be resolved until the government is reopened.

“It's very hard to see how progress will be made unless they open up the government,” Schumer said.

More negotiations are expected to take place over the weekend.

—Tess Bonn