Trump sees a border wall where none exists


THE PRESIDENT: No, we don't have the votes, Nancy, because in the Senate, we need 60 votes and we don't have it.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced Wednesday evening that she had agreed to serve no more than four more years as leader of the chamber's Democrats under an agreement with party insurgents, virtually ensuring that she will be elected Speaker of the House when the new Congress convenes next month.

"She's not negotiating for me", he said. "I haven't given up hope". The Kentucky Republican said "magic" sometimes happens in Congress ahead of Christmas, when lawmakers are eager to leave Washington. But when Trump spoke to Pelosi in the Oval Office, it was obvious that his days of enjoying one-party rule on Capitol Hill will soon be coming to an end.

Speaking outside the White House after the Oval Office meeting, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer blasted Trump over his renewed threat over wall funding.

"Our country can not afford a Trump Shutdown", they said in a statement, adding that Trump "knows full well that his wall proposal does not have the votes to pass the House and Senate and should not be an obstacle to a bipartisan agreement". The president pre-emptively took ownership over the possible closure of the Homeland Security Department and a handful of other federal entities unless a deal is reached by 11:59 p.m., Eastern time, on December 21.

Trump mentioned the attack only glancingly, using his first public comment on the incident to buttress his arguments for funding a US-Mexico border wall.

"To date, there is no plan to build sections of the wall".

For all these reasons, I encourage President Trump to respond to every question about the possibility of a government shutdown over wall funding with three simple words: bring it on!

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I believe that she is genuinely not interested in conducting the work of governing in this way, but it is a mistake to think she is incapable of playing and winning at Trump's level.

"They used to be for common sense policy building a border security wall, getting control of our southern border", Jordan said.

But Democrats showed they are comfortable, as Pelosi often says, standing their ground "like a rock" - even if the day of name-calling and rancor provided a curtain raiser for the new Congress. Democrats seemed to indicate they know what they're in for and may emerge tarnished. But Trump says "A Great Wall" would be a "far easier & less expensive solution". We have to have border security.

Rather than reach toward compromise, Trump tried to force Democrats to accept the border wall on his terms.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, has agreed to abide by proposed term limits if elected speaker, a move that would cap her speakership at four more years that is expected to clear her path to the speaker's gavel in the January 3 floor vote.

Trump wants at least $5 billion for the wall in the next funding package. That notion, however, met stern opposition from Ocasio-Cortez and other progressives because it would severely constrain the ability of House Democrats to find new revenue sources to fund measures like universal health care and free college tuition.

Republican congressional leaders have repeatedly said it's up to Trump to cut a deal with Democrats, an acknowledgment of their inability to produce spending bills with Republican votes alone.

If Trump rejects that, Democrats will likely urge a continuing resolution that funds all the remaining appropriations bills at current levels through September 30, an aide said. Chuck Schumer, the top Senate Democrat.