Conway preemptively chides 'phony-baloney' polls showing Trump speech didn't boost support for wall

White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayGeorge Conway: Witness missing from impeachment trial is Trump Kellyanne Conway knocks Biden, talks up Sanders in Wash Post op-ed Democrats sharpen case on second day of arguments MORE argued Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' Bolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report Dershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense MORE was able to shift the debate with his prime-time speech on border security and preemptively attacked polling that would show otherwise.

"He does feel that way and I agree he did," Conway told Fox News's "America's Newsroom" when asked if the president had made any progress with his Oval Office remarks.

"And I know there will be some phony-baloney polling question constructions … to show that it didn’t move the needle, America’s against the wall, et cetera, so watch the way those polling questions are formed," she added.

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Conway, who was a Republican pollster before working on the Trump campaign and in the administration, went on to criticize Democrats over their "anemic" and "partisan" response to the president's speech.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse passes bill aimed at bolstering Holocaust education Hillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — NFL social media accounts hacked | Dem questions border chief over controversial Facebook group | Clinton says Zuckerberg has 'authoritarian' views Meadows: Republicans who break with Trump could face political repercussions MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMeadows: Republicans who break with Trump could face political repercussions Bolton book alleges Trump tied Ukraine aid freeze to Biden investigations: NYT Trump legal team offers brisk opening defense of president MORE (D-N.Y.) accused Trump of stoking fear with his comments about immigration and urged him to reopen the government. 

Neither Trump nor Democrats broke any new ground in their comments Tuesday night, with both sides repeating talking points and further entrenching themselves in the debate over the president's proposed southern border wall.

Trump has demanded more than $5 billion for the structure, arguing it is needed to have adequate border security. Democrats have offered $1.3 billion for other border security measures, such as technology and personnel increases, but have given no money for the wall.

The disagreement has been at the center of a partial government shutdown that has lasted 19 days and counting.

Trump will host congressional leaders from both parties at the White House on Wednesday, then will travel to the border on Thursday. He indicated that he will declare a national emergency to direct construction of the wall if he is not able to reach an agreement with Democrats.

Polls have increasingly shown that Americans blame Trump for the partial government shutdown. The president in December said he'd be "proud" to shut down the government over border security.