Maryland Gov. Hogan scolds Trump, Congress over stalled border talks

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) in an op-ed Monday called on President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE and Congress to "just do your jobs" and quickly reach a border funding deal to avoid a second government shutdown.

"It is time to put the politics aside," Hogan wrote for CNN. "Stop trying to score political points. No more digging in just to deny the other side a win. Each side must be willing to give up a little -- so that the American people can gain a lot. Let's find that common ground where we can all stand together.

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"Friday is the deadline -- please just do your jobs and get it done," he added.

Congress has a Feb. 15 deadline to clinch a deal on border security funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to avoid a second partial government shutdown this year.

The latest shutdown between late December and mid-January was the longest in American history and came as Democrats refused Trump's request for over $5 billion to fund a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. Lawmakers eventually passed a three-week continuing resolution to reopen the government and give negotiators more time to get a deal.

Negotiators appeared to be making progress, but talks stalled late last week.

Hogan called out both Trump and Democratic leaders in Congress to give them "a dose of reality."

"President Trump: Let's be honest, neither Mexico nor 'Chuck and Nancy' are going to pay for the wall from sea to shining sea that you promised during your campaign," he wrote.

"Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi: Our nation cannot have open borders. Given your past support for border security funding that included physical barriers under previous administrations, your current 'outrage' seems disingenuous at best."

Hogan also argued that the $5.7 billion request from Trump was a good start for border security, but should not just be used for a physical wall.

"Once the funding is approved, let's ensure that the security experts, not the politicians, decide how best to secure the different sections of our border, which vary greatly in terms of terrain, existing resources, and unique challenges and risks," he wrote. "Madam speaker, in some places that will mean a physical structure, and Mr. President, in some areas a wall makes zero sense."

Hogan added that an agreement should also include "a permanent fix for the young immigrants in the [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] DACA program."

The popular Maryland governor is reportedly considering challenging Trump in the 2020 Republican primary and has been courted by some Republican strategists.