Little Progress Made at Trump's Wall Meeting - Page 2

At least that's what Democrats seemed to indicate in early reports
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 2, 2019 3:56 PM CST

  • Trump himself tried to make a case for the wall ahead of the briefing in a meeting with Cabinet secretaries and advisers, describing the border as "like a sieve." As for the shutdown blame, that's on Democrats, he said. "We are in a shutdown because Democrats refuse to fund border security."
  • In that meeting, the AP reports Trump complained that he had been "lonely" at the White House during the holiday break, having skipped his getaway to Mar-a-Lago in Florida. He claimed his only companions were the "machine gunners," referring to security personnel, and "they don't wave, they don't smile." He also criticized Pelosi for visiting Hawaii.
  • Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted, "Mexico is paying for the Wall through the new USMCA Trade Deal. Much of the Wall has already been fully renovated or built. We have done a lot of work. $5.6 Billion Dollars that House has approved is very little in comparison to the benefits of National Security. Quick payback!" The Post explains why that statement isn't accurate.
  • After the meeting, Democrats indicated little progress had been made, CNN reports. Schumer said he asked Trump to reopen the government while border differences are being resolved. "Our question to the President and to the Republicans is why don’t you accept what you have already done to open up government?" Pelosi said after the meeting. Trump reportedly asked lawmakers to return to the White House Friday to continue talks.
  • On the Republican side, similar comments from McConnell after the meeting: "We had a good discussion on border security issue. I don’t think any particular progress was made today. But we talked about all aspects of it and it was a civil discussion and we are hopeful that somehow in the coming days or weeks we will be able to reach an agreement."
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