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Trump Again Threatens Shutdown After Border Wall Meeting With Pelosi And Schumer

President-elect Donald J. Trump and U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi smile for a photo during the 58th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2017. More than 5,000 military members from across all branches of the armed forces of the United States, including reserve and National Guard components, provided ceremonial support and Defense Support of Civil Authorities during the inaugural period. (DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos)

Posted: December 16, 2018 at 10:56 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

On Tuesday, United States President Donald Trump made a previously private meeting with incoming House Majority Leader, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) open to the public.

The main focus of the meeting was Trump’s proposed border wall, which he previously falsely claimed would be fully funded by Mexico. Trump is now demanding $5 billion for the wall, while the two Democratic leaders are offering approximately $2 billion. Of note, current polling shows American citizens aren’t agreeing with President Trump’s stance on the wall. NPR reports:

By a 21-point margin — 57 percent to 36 percent — Americans think the president should compromise on the wall to avoid a government shutdown, rather than stand firm. About two-thirds of Republicans say the opposite, and the president has been focused on maintaining his base.

“But not only do most Americans oppose risking a government shutdown over a wall, but more than two-thirds (69 percent) do not believe building a wall should even be an immediate priority for Congress. That includes half who do not believe it should be a priority at all. More than a quarter (28 percent) believe it should be an immediate priority, including 63 percent of Republicans,” NPR continues.

New York Times breaks down a key moment of the contentious exchange:

“If we don’t have border security, we’ll shut down the government — this country needs border security,” Mr. Trump declared as the testy back and forth unfolded, and Mr. Schumer reminded the president repeatedly that he had called several times for a shutdown, appearing to goad him into taking responsibility. “You want to know something?” Mr. Trump finally said, exasperated. “I’ll tell you what: I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck.” “I will take the mantle,” Mr. Trump went on. “I will be the one to shut it down — I’m not going to blame you for it.”

The Associated Press also delivered analysis on the meeting:

Pence, a former House member, sat silently as Trump and the two Democrats bickered. He later called the meeting a “good discussion.” Asked to describe the atmosphere in the private meeting that followed the public quarrel, Pence said, “candid.” Pelosi and Schumer have urged Trump to support a measure that includes a half-dozen government funding bills largely agreed upon by lawmakers, along with a separate measure that would fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. The homeland bill includes about $1.3 billion for fencing and other security measures at the border.

“Sunday’s shutdown threat from Trump also echoed a remark he made in February when he said “I’d love to see a shutdown” if the government did not agree to address immigration,” CNN reported President Trump saying back in July. The comment is a reference to a tweet Trump published in July.

 

 

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