GOP senator: 'I don't think we're going to get the money for the border wall'

Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) said Wednesday that he doesn't believe Republicans will be able to secure funding for a wall along the southern border proposed by President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE.

"I don't think we'll get the money for the border wall because I think [House Minority Leader Nancy] Pelosi [D-Calif.] is not going to give an inch because she wants to be the next Speaker and the new House of Representatives will be a lot more liberal than before," Kennedy said on Fox News's "America's Newsroom."

Kennedy's comments come after the White House on Wednesday let go of its demand that government funding bills include $5 billion for the wall.


Kennedy added that he wished Republicans in Congress had used a criminal justice reform bill that was passed late Tuesday as leverage to get border wall funding. The bill, which was approved in the Senate by a vote of 87-12, will now head to Trump's desk.

Kennedy, who did not support the criminal justice reform legislation, said he thinks the GOP "missed an opportunity here."

"My Democratic friends are entitled to have their own positions. They were salivating over this bill and I wish we had tried to get something in return like the border wall. Border walls work," he said.

"I don't think we’re going to get the funding for the border wall," Kennedy continued. "The president is going to have to make a decision. I don't think it would be wise to shut down government. I think we are going to have to live to fight another day.