Hillary Clinton says she’s prepared to “weigh in” on Donald Trump’s controversial immigration ban if he fails to get his act together.
The former Democratic presidential nominee was pressed by reporters after meeting with the Senate Democratic leadership to weigh in on whether she’d support Trump’s plan to block the entry of refugees and others from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
“I’m prepared to weigh into that,” she said.
“If it doesn’t work, I think it’s important to try to make sure we can make it work.
I think that’s what I’ve been doing, is trying to make the case for why it’s worth doing.
I’m not going to get into a debate about what I think about the policy itself.
I have been very clear that I think the policy is inhumane and it’s dangerous.
I want to make that case.
I don’t want to just say I’m for it.”
While she’s open to taking a hard line on immigration, Clinton’s views are not necessarily in line with the overwhelming majority of Democratic lawmakers who are opposed to the order.
Trump’s ban was blocked by a federal judge in September, and the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling this week that could be used as the legal basis for overturning it.
Trump has said he plans to veto the court ruling.
“We are going to be in court,” he said in October, adding that “it’s going to make it very hard for us to make a good decision on this.”
But while Clinton’s stance is unlikely to sway Republican senators, some GOP lawmakers say she has shown a willingness to weigh-in on immigration.
“She has taken a hard-line position, so it’s not like she’s not willing to be a surrogate for what she wants to do,” Sen. Lindsey Graham Lindsey Olin GrahamO’Rourke hits Trump for mocking Ford testimony Graham: Trump ‘should not have done that’ at UN Overnight Health Care: Senators press Trump on whether he’d sign health care bill | Five takeaways on Kavanaugh, Kavanaugh | Trump’s future on the ballot | Five key takeaways | Kavanaugh accuser’s pleas for leniency MORE (R-S.C.) told reporters on Thursday.
“I think she has an obligation to weigh it, but if you have to take a hardline position on something, you have an obligation.”
Sen. Cory Gardner Cory Scott GardnerSenate GOP guards its majority as Dems spend big on House candidates Gardner, Sen. Richard BurrRichard MauzeBurr: ‘You are going after my family’ if you don’t stop this McCarthyism Gardner: Democrats need to ‘fight like hell’ to stop Trump from winning MORE (Va.), the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, told reporters that if Trump is able to convince Republicans to move forward with his plan to bar refugees and immigrants from the seven countries, he would be willing to vote for it.
“He’s been very strong in his opposition to this, and I think we’ll see him come up with a bill to deal with it,” Gardner said.
Clinton, who served as secretary of State under President Barack Obama Barack Hussein ObamaJudge denies bid to move lawsuit over Trump national monument rollbacks to Utah Tomi Lahren to former first lady: ‘Sit down, Michelle’ The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Kavanaugh ordeal thrusts national security debate into new dimensions | Panel weighs in on Trump, Kavanaugh accuser MORE, is currently in Florida for a campaign stop.
Her next stop is Tuesday night at the University of Miami.