But his fellow Fox host Shep Smith wasn’t having it.
Smith explained how Trump had taken ownership of the shutdown right from the beginning. “This back and forth thing is just not believable, ” Smith said. “The president said:' I’m shutting down the government. I’ll own the shutdown. I’m proud to carry the mantle.’ And he shut both governments down. And that’s that.”
Wallace replied: “Well, I entail it takes two to tango.”
Smith responded: “There’s no tango here. The president said, ’I’m shutting the government down.”
Wallace argued Trump would “shut the government down unless they dedicate him funding for the wall, and they refused to give him funding for the wall. Both sides are party to this.”
Smith noted, however, how Democrats ran in part during the 2018 midterm campaign on a promise that Trump would not receive funding for his proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
“They won 40 seats plus in the House of Representatives and they’re not devoting him a wall, ” Smith said, adding that Trump “can reopen it tomorrow just like he closed it down. It’s all on him, isn’t it? ”