Trump threatens to shut down government over border wall funding

Thursday, 13 Dec, 2018

She also could not help but jab Trump where it might hurt. "Nancy Pelosi said: 'I would never put DACA associated with the wall.' Well, we did that in February, so this idea that the president needs to back down, doesn't make sense to me".

One national security source said U.S. authorities had in recent years captured one terrorism suspect trying to cross into the United States over a land border. "I will be the one to shut it down". "It's his choice to accept one of those options or shut the government down". "But the fact is we did get him to say, to fully own that the shutdown was his".

"You can't let him take you down that path", Pelosi said, according to an aide in the room. President Donald Trump: "Nancy, Nancy, we need border security". Democrats were in no mood to sympathize, emphasizing their newfound political strength. He also boasted that the Republicans retained control of the Senate in the November midterm and increased its majority to 53 to 47.

The 57-year-old, who Trump fired in May 2017, told an audience in NY that Democrats 'have to win'. "And we made a lot of progress".

During that meeting, Trump threatened again to shut down part of the government next week if Democrats did not agree to fund his long-promised wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

She can only afford to lose 17 when the vote goes to the full House next month. Trump is now asking for $5 billion, while Pelosi and Schumer have pledged $1.3 billion towards border security initiatives, including new fencing, but not a wall.

Should the two sides not make a deal by December 21, about three-quarters of the government would continue to have enough money to operate. "It's a national security thing".

Both sides came into the negotiating session primed for battle.

"For the nation's sake, I hope that my Democratic friends are prepared to have a serious discussion and reach an accommodation with the president on funding for border security ..."

But even in private, it appeared little was resolved, although Pelosi told reporters later that she began with a prayer about King Solomon.

"I don't think we should have a debate in front of the press on this", Pelosi said.

If Pelosi ultimately supports some sort of term limit, she could potentially win at least five votes among the detractors, helping her cross the 218-vote threshold she needs to win the speakership on the floor.

Trump claimed that, because she is working to nail down the votes to become speaker, "Nancy's in a situation where it's not easy for her to talk right now".

Pelosi told the president "that's terrible" and told him she's going "go out and tell people that you think that Mexico is paying for it with money that should be going into our economy".

TRUMP: "People do not yet realize how much of the Wall, including really effective renovation, has already been built".

On Tuesday, Trump sparred with Pelosi and Schumer over border security in a televised shouting match in the Oval Office.

"Walls work - where walls have been built, illegal crossings have dropped substantially", Sanders said. We're going to start building.

He urged Trump to stay strong. "We have to have border security." - statements in Oval Office meeting.

So what do Lehigh Valley lawmakers say about spending money on the border wall?

After the meeting with Pelosi and Schumer, Trump insisted that he'd hold firm. But, she said, "If that's what he wants, then that's what we have to do". Not Trump during a meeting several sources used the same word to describe: "incredible".