White House calls Democrats' plan to end shutdown 'non-starter'

03 January, 2019, 03:13 | Author: Orlando Hughes
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It's understandable that the president's invitation to congressional leaders to attend a White House "briefing" on border issues from the Department of Homeland Security got a lot of attention, since it ended days of virtual non-communication on the issues underlying the ongoing partial government shutdown (aside from Trump's communications to the whole world via Twitter). "We're talking about border security". At the start of his cabinet meeting, Trump said the border was "like a sieve" and insisted the United States needed a "physical barrier" to deter illegal border crossers. No matter what you think of her, you have to give her credit because, think about it, think about all those presidents she's endured, right?

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer met Trump at the White House Wednesday for a briefing on border security.

Democratic aides downplayed expectations for the 3 p.m. encounter at the White House, saying that since it was being billed by the White House as a "briefing" and not a meeting they were prepared for a one-sided and non-factual presentation.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who is expected to become Speaker on Thursday (local time), said Democrats would take action to "end the Trump Shutdown" by immediately passing legislation to reopen Government. "If you build a 30-foot wall from El Paso to Brownsville, the 35-foot ladder business gets real good".

Pelosi reportedly plans to pass a bill in the House that would fund the government for a month and include no funding whatsoever for the border wall, but both Trump and the Republican leadership in the Senate have said that such a bill would be dead on arrival. "Democrats intend to do that today", Justin Goodman, spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer said.

But Trump also rejected his own administration's offer to accept $2.5 billion for the wall.

Added Schumer, "We would hope they would reconsider".

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"Walls work", Trump said at a Cabinet meeting, with a poster of himself lying on the table in front of him.

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump's partial government shutdown over his border wall closed in on the two-week mark and a brand-new Congress on Wednesday with no end in sight.

Democrats said they asked Trump directly during Wednesday's private meeting held in the Situation Room why he wouldn't consider their package of bills.

As long as House Democrats stick to their guns, is hard to see a graceful exit strategy for Trump and Senate Republicans.

About a quarter of the federal government ran out of operating money at midnight December 21 after Trump reneged on his commitment to a sign a short-term spending bill that had already passed the Senate on a unanimous vote.

Administration officials said he believed he had public opinion and his base on his side.

The president now claims incorrectly that Mexico will pay for the wall in a renegotiated NAFTA trade deal that has yet to be ratified by the U.S. Congress. The Senate passed that bill unanimously and then Trump refused to sign it, at which point the House declined to bring it up for a vote. Graham said Trump was "open-minded" about his proposal. The lawmakers were frustrated that Trump had dismissed their earlier legislation.



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