President Donald Trump made a "very risky proposition" when he said the United States will build the wall along the Mexican border even if it means a government shutdown, Sara Fagen, a former senior aide to President George W. Bush told CNBC on Wednesday.
Trump made the comments during a rally in Arizona on Tuesday. If Congress does not reach a funding deal that the president signs into law by a Sept. 30 deadline, the government will shut down.
Fagen, who served as White House political director for Bush, said Republicans were blamed for shutting down the government in the past and it didn't "end well for the party." If it happens this time, the GOP will be blamed again since the party has control of Congress and the White House, she noted.
"Trump is going to have to eat his words on this," she said in an interview with "Power Lunch."
"Politically, it would be far worse to shut the government down and people not get their Social Security checks than to fail to erect the border [wall] that most of the country doesn't want."