Pelosi trying to hold State of the Union 'hostage,' Rep. Scalise says

Monday, 28 Jan, 2019

'The president from the very beginning here actually has been the one willing to negotiate.

True to form for this administration, the outcome was uncertain until the last minute.

Mr. Trump on Friday signed into law a stopgap funding bill that will re-open affected agencies through February 15, but doesn't include money for his desired U.S. -Mexico border wall.

Trump slept on it. The wall was a key campaign pledge of Trump's during his successful 2016 run for the White House, when he repeatedly said Mexico would pay for it, a claim Mexico City has often rejected. Aides prepared the Rose Garden event without knowing for sure what he would say. Congress and Trump agreed to a three-week spending plan that sets up tough talks with lawmakers about how to address security along the US-Mexican border.

Trump triggered the shutdown in December to pressure congressional Democrats to give him funding for the border wall. "It will be perceived as such on every television monitor and screen in the country-and to deny it is to try to escape from reality, and that we ain't going to do here", Dobbs said. Alexander said conference members would consider funding levels for barriers, technology and personnel that lawmakers had previously approved.

Several officials said the struggle was not entirely over.

Mick Mulvaney, the White House's budget director and acting chief of staff, danced around a question Sunday on whether government-contracted employees would be reimbursed for wages they missed during the partial government shutdown.

It's unclear how many contracted workers ― employed in a range of occupations, including food services, janitorial, security and computer software development ― were impacted by the recent shutdown. They can't offer nothing and expect something to get done", Gidley said, adding: "They weren't doing anything on behalf of the American people. Trump had announced that he would sign such a bill earlier Friday, and Congress passed the measure hours later, sending it to Trump's desk. That was driven home on Friday by the arrest of long-time Trump friend Roger Stone in an Federal Bureau of Investigation dawn raid in Florida.

Before Friday's agreement, Democrats said they were telling constituents that they're focused.

"I hope that people will separate the tactics from the policy, because I think the policy is reasonable and solid", he said.

"I thought it was disgraceful that she removed the State of the Union from the invitation that she had already issued to the president ..." Trump then refused to let Pelosi use a military plane for an overseas trip.

White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney listens as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington on January 2. To secure that job, the 78-year-old House veteran had to overcome critics' arguments that she had been party leader for too long and wasn't Democrats' best bet to appeal to diverse, social media savvy audiences. That could set the tone for skirmishes ahead, including investigations that the Democratic-led House, armed with subpoena power, plans into Trump's businesses and his 2016 presidential campaign's connections to Russian Federation.