Trump Torches Democrats For Calling Border Wall 'Immoral'

03 January, 2019, 03:55 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • CRITICAL SITUATION: Trump Summons Leaders to Situation Room for Budget Showdown

In one big change, the new Congress convenes Thursday with Democrats taking majority control of the House, and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said outside the White House that there would be rapid passage of legislation to re-open the government - without funds for the border wall.

Schumer said he implored Trump to reopen the government while they debated their differences over the border wall. 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. We want to solve that issue. "And I think at the end of the day, the president, listening to him, he wants to solve this as well", McCarthy said.

Trump invited lawmakers to return to the White House on Friday, after their leadership races, to continue discussing a path to reopening the government, according to incoming House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. But the impasse will continue until at least Friday when the president has asked congressional leaders back to the White House.

Democrats have responded to Trump's demands by flatly rejecting any funding for a border wall, leading to complaints about intransigence from the White House.

Ahead of the afternoon session with Democratic and Republican leaders, Trump said the current border is "like a sieve" and noted the tear gas "flying" overnight to deter arrivals.

Schumer said Trump could not provide a "good answer" for opposing the bills.

"Our question to the President and to the Republicans is, 'Why don't you accept what you have already done to open up government?' " asked California Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the presumed new House speaker, referring to a bipartisan, Senate-passed funding measure, albeit one Trump has never publicly endorsed. Instead, on Wednesday Trump repeatedly pushed for the $5.6 billion he has demanded. "So imaginative! The problem is, without a Wall there can be no real Border Security".

President Donald Trump rejected a compromise proposal floated by Vice President Mike Pence to end a partial government shutdown.

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As part of the meeting, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen sought to portray the situation at the southern border as a "crisis", two senior administration officials said.

"I" m a little disappointed with, I would say, some on the other side", McCarthy continued.

"We can go through this all back and forth - no", Pelosi added. He promised "six more years of great success".

Democrats have signaled a willingness to approve $1.3 billion in funds for border security in an extension of existing spending levels, a portion of which can be used to replace and fix existing sections of wall and fencing.

"We are giving the Republicans the opportunity to take yes for an answer", she wrote in a letter to colleagues. Since the partial shutdown began on December 22, though, Trump has sought to brand it the "Schumer Shutdown". "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".

But the Republican-led Senate appears unlikely to consider the Democratic funding bills.

It would also include another measure to fund the departments of Agriculture, Interior, Housing and Urban Development and others closed by the partial shutdown. Major agencies like the Pentagon and the Health and Human Services Department have already been funded through the end of the fiscal year September 30, thanks to spending bills passed by Congress earlier last year.

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