Trump suggests he's open to a shutdown deal with Democrats
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jan 02, 2019,
Jan 02, 2019, 1:18
Trump, who campaigned on building a "big, attractive wall" on the border with Mexico, showed no sign of backing down, however.
Trump is struggling to find leverage to break the stalemate days before the GOP's monopoly on Washington power comes to an end.
As the fight over the federal government shutdown entered the new year, President Trump on Tuesday expressed his desire to "make a deal" with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi over funding for his border wall.
John Kelly, who will leave his post Wednesday after a tumultuous 17 months in the job, said in an exit interview with the Los Angeles Times that Mr Trump abandoned the notion of "a solid concrete wall early on in the administration". Democratic leaders are now hoping to overcome the shutdown with a package consisting of two bills. However, on Monday morning Trump tweeted repeatedly about the wall.
"While President Trump drags the nation into Week Two of the Trump Shutdown and sits in the White House and tweets, without offering any plan that can pass both chambers of Congress, Democrats are taking action to lead our country out of this mess", Pelosi and top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement.
As with previous Democratic proposals, the DHS funding would not include money for the wall.
"That's why President Trump poses such a threat to open borders establishment and racket, because he's exposing the consequences of that", Malkin said.
McKinley said he is confident incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will not put forward any legislation with funding for additional security efforts at the border.
Democrats announced a plan Monday to try to reopen the government by passing a package of Senate-written bills to fund most remaining parts of government for all of 2019, coupled with stopgap funding through February 8 for Homeland Security.
The package will also include six other bipartisan bills to fund the departments of Agriculture, Interior, Housing and Urban Development and others closed by the partial shutdown.
"I'm in Washington, I'm ready and willing and able, I'm in the White House and I'm ready to go", Trump said.
On Monday, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the Senate, which will remain under Republican control, will bring up only legislation that has the president's blessing. Lindsey Graham, encouraged Trump to use the budget impasse as an opportunity to address issues beyond the border wall. I spent Christmas in the White House, I spent New Year's Eve now in the White House.
"The Democrats will probably submit a Bill, being cute as always, which gives everything away but gives NOTHING to Border Security, namely the Wall", Trump wrote.
The partial U.S. government shutdown will nearly certainly be handed off to a divided government to solve in the new year.
Pelosi is expected to be elected Speaker when Democrats take control of the House on Thursday.
Word of the White House briefing was first reported by Politico.
In the past, Congress has approved back pay for federal workers, but the American Federation of Government Employees, who announced the lawsuit on Monday, called the requirement to work without pay "inhumane".