Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who is slated to become the next speaker of the House, called a border wall "immoral, ineffective, and expensive" and promised it will not be funded at a press conference Thursday.
REPORTER: To follow up on his question, very quickly, some of your -- some of the House Democrats are concerned about adding more money for this border fence. And if you guys do a C.R., my understanding is that that would approve $1.3, at least, million for the border fence, correct? And...
REP. NANCY PELOSI (D-CA): No, not necessarily.
QUESTION: Because that's what it was last year, so if you just extend that again, wouldn't that...
PELOSI: No, no.
QUESTION: ... cause a problem?
PELOSI: I mean, it depends on how you spend the money. It's border security. It's about border security.
QUESTION: But within that, there was money for the fence, as well.
PELOSI: Well, you're talking about (ph) a fence. You're not talking about a wall now.
QUESTION: But you're OK with that, as long as it's...
PELOSI: No, I'm -- I'm -- I'm OK with what our -- our -- our chairwoman, Lucille Roybal-Allard -- she is a person who has fought on these issues her -- her entire stay in Congress, which has been for a couple of decades. We're blessed that she's in the position that she is in.
She knows that we -- most of us, speaking for myself, consider the wall immoral, ineffective and expensive. And the president said he promised it. He also promised Mexico would pay for it. So even if they did, it's immoral still, and then they're not going to pay for it.
So that's -- that isn't -- that isn't -- that isn't how I would interpret a congression -- a continuing resolution.
The -- we -- we can move forward with this. We have a responsibility, all of us, to secure our borders, north, south, and coming in by plane, on our coasts -- three coasts, north, south and west. And that -- that's a responsibility we honor, but we do so by honoring our values, as well.
Thank you all very much.