Little Progress Made at Trump's Wall Meeting

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
President Donald Trump listens during a cabinet meeting at the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – The 12th day of the government shutdown brought a meeting between President Trump and congressional leaders in which his Homeland Security officials were tasked with making a "plea" for the border wall. The 3pm Wednesday session, which comes one day before Democrats seize control of the House, was held in the White House Situation Room, which the AP reports is typically used when sensitive information is discussed and means TV cameras weren't present. Politico sees the location as possibly adding "some theatrical flourish for Trump as he tries to sell the public on the need for tougher border security." In attendance: from the GOP, Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy, and Steve Scalise; on the Democratic side, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. Details on the meeting itself are, so far, few; but there are plenty of details on the hours leading up to it.

  • In advance of the briefing came fighting words from both sides, reports the Washington Post. "It's not often the president gets to hear people tell him when he’s wrong. Democrats intend to do that today," a rep for Schumer said in advance of the meeting, which the Post takes to mean Democrats didn't intend to be "lectured with inaccurate information." Politico adds that Schumer and Pelosi met for 45 minutes prior to the session, and that the two are totally on the same page, indicating that the administration's efforts to get a deal out of Schumer won't work.

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