Alexandra Pelosi, an HBO filmmaker who made an Emmy Award-winning documentary about former President George W. Bush's 2000 campaign, spoke with CNN hours before her mother headed to the White House - along with other leaders - to meet with President Donald Trump to debate Democrats' refusal to keep the government open over $5 billion in border wall funding.
At a cabinet meeting Wednesday afternoon, the president brushed aside criticism that a wall is an old-fashioned and overly costly approach to border security. Because, think about it. Think about all those presidents she's endured, right? Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) has sworn that Trump will "never" get money for the wall, while the most likely new Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) repeatedly denounced Trump's wall as "immoral, ineffective and expensive".
The White House dismissed the Democrats' proposal.
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. Once that happens, their hope is that the tide will turn against Trump and he'll be pressured to give up on the wall funding.
After Democrats won the House in 2018, Pelosi became poised to challenge President Donald Trump and Republicans on a number of high-profile issues like immigration and the Russian Federation investigation. "Democrats intend to do that today", Justin Goodman, spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer said.
By passing this bill in the Senate but blocking it in the House on Trump's order, Republicans boxed themselves in. On Wednesday, Trump also rejected his own administration's offer to accept $2.5 billion for the wall.
After the meeting, Schumer told reporters that he asked Trump directly for a reason.
On Tuesday morning, Mr Trump tweeted: "The Democrats, much as I suspected, have allocated no money for a new Wall".
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Trump's statement on crossings contradicts the Department of Homeland Security.
Trump said last month he would be "proud" to shut down the government over the issue but then blamed Democrats. A spokesman for GOP leader Mitch McConnell said Republicans would not take action without Trump's backing.
Republicans lost 40 seats and their majority in the House in the November midterm elections but they retained control of the Senate.
Even if only symbolic, the passage of the bills in the House would put fresh pressure on the president.
The partial government shutdown began on December 22. At the same time, administration officials said Trump was in no rush for a resolution to the impasse, believing he has public opinion and his base on his side.
Republican senators left for the holidays refusing to vote on any bills until all sides, including Trump, were in agreement. That measure would provide money for the remainder of the fiscal year, until September 30. If he can't get it done, or at least started, by 2020, one of his signature promises would be deemed a failure and could become a major problem for his reelection.