Trump Torches Democrats For Calling Border Wall 'Immoral'

Hugh Fox
January 3, 2019

No one budged at President Donald Trump's White House meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday, so the partial government shutdown persisted through a 12th day over his demand for billions of dollars to build a wall along the USA border with Mexico.

Trump has demanded at least $5 billion in funding directed at creating the first stages of a new wall between the US and Mexico that he repeatedly promised to voters during his campaign and over the first two years of his presidency, and which he said before his election that he would force Mexico to pay for.

Republican congressional leaders say the president has asked them and top Democrats to return to the White House on Friday for a second briefing on border security as the partial government shutdown continues. We want to solve that issue.

"I said, Mr. President, Give me one good reason why you should continue your shutdown", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said afterward.

After a White House meeting on Sunday, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said Trump was receptive to Graham's idea of a deal that might provide work permits to Dreamer immigrants in exchange for money for physical border barriers.

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"Important meeting today on Border Security with Republican and Democrat Leaders in Congress", Trump tweeted after the meeting.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dismissed one possible bipartisan compromise after the meeting, saying the Senate will not take up House Democrats' package of spending bills to reopen the government through February 8 because Trump will not sign it. "We are in a crisis situation, '" one of the officials said, relaying Nielsen's remarks, which were aimed at the Democratic leaders in attendance. "He could not give a good answer".

Trump suggested Tuesday that the shutdown would make for a less than ideal start for Pelosi, the likely incoming Speaker of the House. Instead, on Wednesday Trump repeatedly pushed for the $5.6 billion he has demanded.

The White House is calling the Democratic plan a "non-starter", saying it fails to secure the border and puts the needs of other countries above the needs of its own citizens.

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

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He'd described the briefing as an opportunity for border officials to make their case to Democrats on the need for a wall.

Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan (R) and Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt attend a Cabinet meeting on day 12 of the partial US government shutdown at the White House in Washington, US, January 2, 2019. The measure sets up the first major battle of the new Congress between House Democrats led by Pelosi and Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has said Senate Republicans will not approve a spending measure Trump does not support. McConnell spokesman Donald Stewart said Senate Republicans would not take action without Trump's backing.

"Somebody said $2.5 (billion)", Trump said to reporters. He promised "six more years of great success".

Meanwhile, the effects of the partial government shutdown are becoming more apparent. Congress and the president are at an impasse over funding for Trump's pet project, a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border. "We are giving him a Republican path to do that". 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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