President Trump insisted at a Cabinet meeting on that Democrats have ‘their eye on 2020’ and that’s why they’re refusing to approve border wall funding.
Trump said in his first convening of his Cabinet of 2019 that the border is ‘like a sieve’ and the ‘United States needs a physical barrier’ to prevent as illegal immigrants from coming in.
‘We are in a shutdown because Democrats refuse to fund border security,’ he contended.
He claimed that as many 35 million are in the country already — a much higher estimate than the 11 million that has been used by
President Trump insisted at a Cabinet meeting on that Democrats have ‘their eye on 2020’ and that’s why they’re refusing to approve border wall funding
President Trump again demanded a total overhaul of the entire immigration system and the closure of loopholes as he heard from his Cabinet secretaries.
He will deprive Democrats of oxygen for their arguments against his border wall as he hosts them at the White House later today in the Situation Room, where recording devices are banned and reporters are not allowed.
Democrats are eager to reopen the government, and have proposed legislation that would fund every closed area through the end of the current fiscal year, except the Homeland Security department.
A bill that Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the expected speaker of the House, will put on the floor Thursday extends funding for DHS until Feb. 8, providing Trump and the new Congress with an opportunity to continue talks while the government hums along.
Before she could gavel in the new legislative session, the White House deemed the strategy dead-on-arrival, indicating in a late-night statement that Trump is resolved to keep the government closed until Congress appropriates money for his border wall.
‘The Pelosi plan is a non-starter because it does not fund our homeland security or keep American families safe from human trafficking, drugs, and crime,’ White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.
President Trump will deprive Democrats of oxygen for their arguments against his border wall as he hosts them at the White House today in the Situation Room, where recording devices are banned and reporters are not allowed
Trump claimed Wednesday morning once again that Mexico was paying for his border wall, which he also said has mostly been built. Both claims have been debunked on prior occassions
Trump wants to replace old fencing along the U.S. Mexico border like this one with steel slats
Trump’s spokeswoman confirmed that the president had invited Democratic and Republican congressional leaders to the White House on Wednesday for their first in-person meeting since the partial government shutdown began.
Senior Homeland Security officials will provide a briefing on the border wall – something Democrats vehemently oppose – at the 3 p.m. meeting that Trump is presumably attending.
The White House has not published the president’s schedule since Dec. 21, when the partial shutdown that is in its twelfth day started. Much of the building is furloughed until the government reopens.
Sanders said a DHS briefing would take place today at the White House in a late-Tuesday statement. In addition to Pelosi, incoming House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have received invitations.
‘President Trump made a serious, good faith offer to Democrats to open the government, address the crisis at our border, and protect all Americans. We have heard nothing back from the Democrats, who so far have refused to compromise,’ she claimed.
In the same statement, she responded to an olive branch that had been extended over the New Year’s holiday by Pelosi — a continuing resolution for DHS and full funding other areas of the government that are close. She slapped the counteroffer to the president’s border wall demand down.
‘Speaker Designate Nancy Pelosi released a plan that will not re-open the government because it fails to secure the border and puts the needs of other countries above the needs of our own citizens,’ she said.
Sanders declared Pelosi’s solution a ‘non-starter’ because it doesn’t ‘fund homeland security,’ even though it does appropriate a month’s worth of money to the department.
‘The President has invited Republican and Democrat leaders in Congress to the White House for a border security briefing from senior Department of Homeland Security officials on Wednesday, and he remains committed to reaching an agreement that both reopens the government and keeps Americans safe,’ the president’s spokeswoman concluded.
Trump chimed in on Twitter to claim once again that Mexico is paying for the border wall, through a trade deal with Mexico. He also insisted that much of the barrier had already been built.
‘Mexico is paying for the Wall through the new USMCA Trade Deal. Much of the Wall has already been fully renovated or built. We have done a lot of work. $5.6 Billion Dollars that House has approved is very little in comparison to the benefits of National Security. Quick payback!’ he said.
The president’s new acting chief of staff has already admitted that Mexico is not ‘technically’ paying for the wall and that the money would come from anticipated economic gains under the trade deal that has not received the approval of Congress.
‘American workers are going to do better, the government is going to do better, and you could make the argument that Mexico is paying for it in that fashion,’ he admitted in an
Democrats are hanging their hats on the president’s promise that Mexico would pay — and on his promise to own a government shutdown over border security.
Pelosi characterized it as a ‘Trump Shutdown’ in a letter to lawmakers she sent out detailing her plans to reopen the government on Tuesday afternoon.
‘We are giving the Republicans the opportunity to take yes for an answer,’ she said. ‘Senate Republicans have already supported this legislation, and if they reject it now, they will be fully complicit in chaos and destruction of the President’s third shutdown of his term.’
The White House said later in the day that the president had invited congressional leaders over for a briefing on Wednesday.
Last time the president hosted Democratic leaders at the White House for a border security discussion, the talk aired on national television, with a testy Trump declaring he’d be ‘proud’ to oversee shutdown.
He isn’t giving them the same opportunity this time, when he will have GOP leaders by his side during the conversation and border security briefing that
Mired in the government closure he envisioned now, which has dragged on for nearly two weeks, the president is under pressure to get federal workers back on the job before they feel the sting of a missing paycheck.
The president on New Year’s Day dangled the possibility of a deal, despite the lack of visible progress in a dispute over his border wall and the ongoing shutdown.
Trump on Twitter connected the shutdown to Pelosi’s likely speakership and comments she made about the attributes of his barrier.
‘Border Security and the Wall thing’ and Shutdown is not where Nancy Pelosi wanted to start her tenure as Speaker! Let’s make a deal?’ Trump wrote, ending his tweet with a question.
His reference to the wall ‘thing’ was a likely shot at Pelosi for her own comment claiming Trump’s push for a border wall was connected to his sense of ‘manhood.’
‘It’s like a manhood thing for him. As if manhood could ever be associated with him. This wall thing,’ Pelosi privately told House Democrats after an explosive White House meeting before the shutdown. Those comments immediately leaked.
She responded to his tweet on Tuesday with one promoting her agenda in the upcoming legislative session.
The White House extended an invitation to Pelosi and congressional leaders on New Year’s Eve,
Trump referenced Pelosi’s ‘manhood’ comment about the wall after it was revealed congressional leaders have been invited to the White House
The president claimed Democrats ‘do not care’ about open borders and crime and drugs
Democrats will but forward a bill with $1.3 billion in border security but no wall funding
Trump has previously called for Democrats to come over and make a deal. But his earlier tweets Tuesday attacked his potential negotiating partners, leaving doubt as to whether any immediate progress was likely.
‘One thing has now been proven. The Democrats do not care about Open Borders and all of the crime and drugs that Open Borders bring!’ Trump tweeted Tuesday.
He also tweeted: ‘The Democrats, much as I suspected, have allocated no money for a new Wall. So imaginative! The problem is, without a Wall there can be no real Border Security – and our Country must finally have a Strong and Secure Southern Border!’
House Democrats unveiled a package of bills Monday that would re-open the federal government without approving funding for Trump’s border wall with Mexico, establishing an early confrontation that will test the new power dynamic in Washington.
Democrats under Pelosi are all but certain to swiftly approve the two bills, making good on their pledge to try to quickly resolve the partial government shutdown that’s now in its second week.
What’s unclear is whether the Republican-led Senate, under Majority Leader McConnell, the Republican from Kentucky, will consider either measure – or if Trump would sign them into law.
‘It would be the height of irresponsibility and political cynicism for Senate Republicans to now reject the same legislation they have already supported,’ Pelosi and Schumer said in a statement late Monday.
Democrats under Nancy Pelosi (above) are all but certain to swiftly approve the two bills, making good on their pledge to try to quickly resolve the partial government shutdown that’s now in its second week
The package does not include the $5 billion Trump wants for the wall on the southern border.
The president told Fox News Channel in an interview Monday that he was ‘ready, willing and able’ to negotiate. He added: ‘No, we are not giving up. We have to have border security and the wall is a big part of border security.’
McConnell spokesman Don Stewart made it clear Senate Republicans will not take action without Trump’s backing.
‘It’s simple: The Senate is not going to send something to the president that he won’t sign,’ he said.
Republican senators are refusing to vote on any bills until all sides, including Trump, are in agreement.
Senators were frustrated that Trump had dismissed their earlier legislation to avert the shutdown.
House Democrats did not confer with Senate Republicans on the package, but the bills are expected to have some bipartisan support because they reflect earlier spending measures already hashed out between the parties and chambers.
One bill will temporarily fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels, with $1.3 billion for border security, through Feb. 8 while talks continue.
The other will be on a measure made up of six other bipartisan bills – some that have already passed the Senate – to fund the departments of Agriculture, Interior, Housing and Urban Development and others closed by the partial shutdown.
They would provide money through the remainder of the fiscal year to Sept. 30.
The House is planning two separate votes for Thursday. If approved, the bills would go to the Senate.
What’s unclear is whether the Republican-led Senate, under Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (seen above), the Republican from Kentucky, will consider either measure – or if Trump would sign them into law
Senate Democrats support the measures, according to a senior aide who was unauthorized to discuss the plan and spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Rep. Mark Meadows, the Republican from North Carolina who chairs the conservative House Freedom Caucus, tweeted that without funding for Trump’s wall, the package is a ‘nonstarter’ just like the White House and that it ‘will not be a legitimate answer to this impasse.’
But as the shutdown drags on, all sides are ready for for a resolution, as public parks and museums remain closed, and some 800,000 federal workers are going without pay.
The president continued to insist this week that he wants to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, despite assertions otherwise of three confidants.
‘An all concrete Wall was NEVER ABANDONED,’ Trump tweeted Monday. ‘Some areas will be all concrete but the experts at Border Patrol prefer a Wall that is see through (thereby making it possible to see what is happening on both sides).’
Later Monday, Trump tweeted, ‘The Democrats will probably submit a Bill, being cute as always, which gives everything away but gives NOTHING to Border Security, namely the Wall.’
Trump’s comments came after officials, including his departing chief of staff, indicated that the president’s signature campaign pledge to build the wall would not be fulfilled as advertised.
‘It would be the height of irresponsibility and political cynicism for Senate Republicans to now reject the same legislation they have already supported,’ Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (above) said in a statement late Monday
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told the Los Angeles Times in an interview published Sunday that Trump abandoned the notion of ‘a solid concrete wall early on in the administration.’
‘To be honest, it’s not a wall,’ Kelly said, adding that the mix of technological enhancements and ‘steel slat’ barriers the president now wants along the border resulted from conversations with law enforcement professionals.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, emerged from a Sunday lunch at the White House to tell reporters that ‘the wall has become a metaphor for border security’ and referred to ‘a physical barrier along the border.’
Graham said Trump was ‘open-minded’ about a broader immigration agreement, saying the budget impasse presented an opportunity to address issues beyond the border wall.
But a previous attempt to reach a compromise that addressed the status of ‘Dreamers’ – young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children – broke down last year as a result of escalating White House demands.
Graham told CNN before his lunch with Trump that ‘there will never be a deal without wall funding.’
The partial government shutdown began Dec. 22 after Trump bowed to conservative demands that he fight to make good on his vow and secure funding for the wall before Republicans lose control of the House on Wednesday.
Democrats have remained committed to blocking any funding for the wall, and with neither side engaging in substantive negotiation, the effect of the partial shutdown was set to spread and to extend into the new year.