No. 2 House GOP leader says a shutdown would be 'stupid'

Dec 14, 2018, 01:05
No. 2 House GOP leader says a shutdown would be 'stupid'

Incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) continued to go oops! upside Donald Trump's head on Thursday, mocking Trump's false claim that Mexico is actually paying for the border wall by declaring the Oval Office "an evidence-free zone".

The two leaders said in a joinT statement Monday night that Trump knows the votes aren't there to approve the roughly $5 billion in funding for the wall that he is seeking as part of a deal to avert another government shutdown. Trump also said during the meeting he would gladly shut down the government and take full responsibility for it if he didn't get the wall built.

"I am proud to shut down the government for border security".

When Mrs Pelosi brought up Republican midterm election losses in the House, which meant the Democrats regained it, the president quickly retorted that his party won the Senate.

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Even though Congress is still controlled by Republicans until year's end, Democrats are needed to get the supermajority required to clear Senate procedural hurdles on spending legislation.

Later, Pelosi said Trump talked so much about the border wall, "it's like a manhood thing for him".

"The only obstacle is the president of the United States", she said, adding that she and Schumer were not negotiating with Trump on the wall request.

Exasperated, Trump doubled down on earlier threats to retaliate by refusing to sign a federal spending bill required by December 21 to avoid leaving swaths of the government without funding.

Mr Trump is seeking far more for his long-stalled border wall than the NZ$2.3 billion the Senate has agreed to for border security, including physical barriers and technology along the U.S. southern border. Several aides said they believed restlessness by younger members to move up in leadership would make that hard for her to achieve. She noted that Mr Trump promised during the 2016 campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall, an idea Mexico has repeatedly rejected. In a recent Twitter tirade against the Democrats' reluctance to fund the wall, Trump warned that even if Congress doesn't secure the funding, the USA military would still finish the border wall.

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She would be the first speaker to do so since Texas Democrat Sam Rayburn took the gavel back in 1955.

Trump is seeking far more for his long-stalled border wall than the $1.6 billion the Senate has agreed to for border security, including physical barriers and technology along the U.S. southern border.

Trump later said he wasn't averse to "owning" a possible shutdown.

"I am pleased that we have reached an agreement which creates lasting institutional change for the Caucus", Sánchez said in a statement.

Trump has been threatening for months to partially close government unless he gets more money for the wall than Democrats have been willing to give him.

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