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

Democratic Rep. Harley RoudaHarley Edwin RoudaUS Chamber of Commerce set to endorse 23 House freshman Democrats OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Watchdog to weigh probe of Trump advancements on Pebble Mine | Interior finalizes public lands HQ move out West over congressional objections | EPA to issue methane rollback: report Watchdog to weigh probe of Trump administration advancements of Pebble Mine MORE (Calif.) says lawmakers could quickly reach a deal to end the partial government shutdown if President TrumpDonald John TrumpBubba Wallace to be driver of Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin NASCAR team Graham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Southwest Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid 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“I think if the president would simply give up on the outdated notion of building a wall from medieval times and would embrace the idea of today’s technologies for border security we could quickly put this to rest,” Rouda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 PelosiTrump puts Supreme Court fight at center of Ohio rally CDC causes new storm by pulling coronavirus guidance Overnight Health Care: CDC pulls revised guidance on coronavirus | Government watchdog finds supply shortages are harming US response | As virus pummels US, Europe sees its own spike MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerJacobin editor: Primarying Schumer would force him to fight Trump's SCOTUS nominee CNN's Toobin: Democrats are 'wimps' who won't 'have the guts' to add Supreme Court seats Republican senator says plans to confirm justice before election 'completely consistent with the precedent' 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