Dem lawmaker: Trump lives in 'delusional world fed by Fox News'

Democratic Rep. Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyDemocrats debate scope of impeachment charges House Democrats rebuke State Department for 'reversal' on Israeli settlements Maloney wins House Oversight gavel MORE (Va.) on Friday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate US sending 20,000 troops to Europe for largest exercises since Cold War Barr criticizes FBI, says it's possible agents acted in 'bad faith' in Trump probe MORE lives in a “delusional world fed by Fox News,” just hours after the president threatened to close the Mexico border if Democrats do not agree to provide money to build his border wall.

“I think the president lives in this delusional world fed by Fox News and a couple of right-wing talking heads and does not connect actions with consequences,” Connolly, who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said during an appearance on CNN.

“If you close the border you are going to re-invite huge swings in the stock market, you are going to jeopardize the economic progress we’ve made, and you’re frankly going to do a lot of damage to your own prospects for 2020 by inviting a recession,” he continued. 


Earlier on Friday, Trump warned that he would "close the Southern Border entirely" if Democrats do not agree to provide money to "finish" building a wall on the Mexican border.

"We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country is saddled with," the president said in an early-morning tweet.

The federal government entered a partial government shutdown at 12:01 a.m. Saturday over Trump's demand for $5 billion in funding for his long-desired border wall.

The House last week passed a bill providing $5.7 billion in border security and wall funding and $8.7 billion in disaster relief. But that bill is considered dead on arrival in the Senate.

Democrats will take over the House on Jan. 3 and are expected to quickly pass legislation to reopen the government.

But Trump has pledged he will not sign any government spending measure without sufficient border security funding.