White House Rejects Democrats’ Plan to Reopen Government without Wall Funding
The White House announced yesterday that President Trump would reject Democratic legislation that would fund the government without funding the border wall.
“President Trump made a serious, good faith offer to Democrats to open the government, address the crisis at our border, and protect all Americans,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. “We have heard nothing back from the Democrats, who so far have refused to compromise. 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 continued.
Sanders said Pelosi’s plan is a “non-starter” because it doesn’t fund homeland security or “keep American families safe from human trafficking, drugs, and crime.”
Pelosi plans on getting the legislation passed in the House of Representatives this week. It would include funding for several agencies, however does not include funding for the border wall.
The White House has invited Democrat and Republican leaders to meet with senior Department of Homeland Security officials today for a briefing on border security.
President Trump suggested yesterday he might be ready to “make a deal,” tweeting, “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?”
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?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2019