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

Democratic Rep. Harley RoudaHarley Edwin RoudaThe House Democrats who voted to kill impeachment effort House votes to kill impeachment effort against Trump House Dems, Senate GOP build money edge to protect majorities MORE (Calif.) says lawmakers could quickly reach a deal to end the partial government shutdown if President TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Top Democrat insists country hasn't moved on from Mueller 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“I think if the president would simply give up on the outdated notion of building a wall from medieval times and would embrace the idea of today’s technologies for border security we could quickly put this to rest,” Rouda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 PelosiDemocrats should rise above and unify against Trump's tweets 10 questions for Robert Mueller Ocasio-Cortez tears into Trump's immigration agenda: 'It's about ethnicity and racism' MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDem senator describes 'overcrowded quarters,' 'harsh odor' at border facilities Top Democrats demand security assessment of Trump properties Lawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens 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