Q&A: Cicilline gives Trump failing grade on first 100 days

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — As President’s Trump 100th day in office approaches, Congress has until Friday to approve a budget to avoid a government shutdown.

A major challenge for the Trump administration’s budget is the inclusion of money for a border wall, which the Democrats have been fighting.

Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline joined Eyewitness News live at 6:30 a.m. on WPRI 12 to discuss the possibility of a government shutdown, President Trump’s first 100 days, rising tensions in North Korea and more.

“My hope is that it’s one more promise he made that he’s going to break because it doesn’t make sense to waste taxpayer money. It’s also important to remember he promised the American people the Mexicans were going to pay for it and now he is asking the American taxpayers to spend billions of dollars to build an ineffective wall,” Cicilline said.

But Attorney General Jeff Sessions said there are ways to ensure the taxpayers aren’t footing the bill.

“We’re going to get it paid for one way or the other,” Sessions said. “There are ways that we can deal with our trade situations to create the revenue to pay for it.”

President Trump posted online this weekend that a border wall would stop drugs and gang members.

On the campaign trail, Trump promised the biggest tax cuts since Ronald Reagan as well as ethics reform to drain the swamp all within his first 100 days. Trump now seems to be changing his tune in a Tweet last week he called the first 100 days a “ridiculous standard”.