Former Hardee’s CEO defends Trump on border wall: May shake up markets, but national security is at stake

President Donald Trump’s battle over funding for a border wall is worth the fight at the cost of a government shutdown and a Wall Street selloff, according to a former Hardees CEO.

Andy Puzder, the former chief executive officer of CKE Restaurants – the parent company of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. – defended the president on Fox News’ “Your World” on Thursday, blasting Democrats for “playing politics” with an issue as serious as border security.


“You really can’t put the country’s national interest at risk here because of what’s going on in the stock market,” Puzder told host Neil Cavuto.

Cavuto had noted the “uncertainty” caused by the battle over border security with a government shutdown looming, the bull market recently losing some steam and rising interest rates all “rattling folks.”

“This is a national security issue,” the former CKE Restaurants CEO said, pushing back on the claim that people are “over-rattled” by what is going on in the economy.


He went on to note that Democrats from former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama to current leadership like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have all been in favor of increasing border security at some point.

“Now they’re playing politics with this. Because President Trump wants to do it, then the Democrats are broadly opposed to it,” Puzder said. “That has to stop. Our national security is at risk.”

He added that Trump’s attempts at securing the U.S. border and demanding funding for the wall on the southern border with Mexico are “the right thing to do.”

“Though it may shake up the market, he still needs to do this,” Puzder argued.


He also pointed to battles on other fronts as the Federal Reserve has raised interest rates eight times in a 24-month period of time, while the Obama administration only saw one hike. Puzder maintained that it is the Federal Reserve, with rates “rising too fast,” and not Trump’s actions that are causing the market to “overreact.”


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