WCD Times – The garbage cans were overflowing outside the White House on the 12th day of the partial government shutdown. Inside the president had convinced his full cabinet to extol the virtues of his wall and blame the Democrats for a budget impasse. Donald Trump had said he would take full responsibility for just a few weeks earlier,
” I will be the one to shut it down I’m not gonna blame you for it”,
He then spoke to the press and notably said he was now insisting on $ 5.6 billion for the wall. Not even the $2.5 billion for a barrier that the White House had offered Democrats as a compromise once the shutdown began.
Trump says “It could be a long time and it could be quickly it could be a long time, as it’s too important to subject to walk away from”
later in the afternoon, The Democratic leadership made its way to the White House for the first direct talks with the president in weeks. However this was organized as a border security briefing by department of homeland security officials and not as a negotiation. Clearly the president was continuing to frame the shutdown as a failure of Democrats to understand what he says is an emergency at the southern border, even as illegal border crossings are at historic lows and after the meeting the Democrats said their plans have not changed.
Charles schumer says, “They are now feeling the heat, it is not helping the president, it is not helping the Republicans to be the owners of this shutdown.”
And Nancy Pelosi while speaking to the press says, “We’re asking the president to open up government, we are giving him a Republican path to do That, why would not he do That”
Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made it clear, that she intends to pass several bills in the House on Thursday to reopen the government with $1.3 billion dollars for border security. But no funding for Trump’s wall, but to end the shutdown the Senate will need to pass those bills as well and the Republican leadership there says it has no intention of even debating them.
Mitch McConnell says “As I’ve said consistently for the last two weeks, the Senate will not waste its time considering a democratic bill which cannot pass this chamber in which the president, will not time”
The president didn’t receive $5 billion dollars for the wall when Republicans controlled both houses of Congress now that power is split that goal seems all but impossible more talks are has one through last week and now President says he will even shutdown the government even for the Year if its need.