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Trump: Ann Coulter Has Become 'Very Hostile'

He says chances of border deal are less than 50/50
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2019 5:04 AM CST
Updated Jan 28, 2019 6:52 AM CST
In this Oct. 20, 2018 photo, Ann Coulter participates in the "AAA: Ask Ann Anything" panel at Politicon at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)
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(Newser) – A bipartisan group of 17 lawmakers has been tasked with forging a deal on border security before a three-week deal to fund the government comes to end—but President Trump isn't holding his breath. He tells the Wall Street Journal that he thinks the group's chances of reaching a deal in time are "less than 50-50, but you have a lot of very good people on that board." He says he doubts he will accept anything less than the $5.7 billion he is seeking for a border wall, because "I have to do it right." Trump, who announced a deal Friday to reopen the government, says another shutdown is "certainly an option." He has also threatened to get the wall built by declaring an emergency.

Trump says he doubts he will approve any deal involving citizenship for "Dreamers," because he feels it is a "separate subject to be taken up at a separate time." Asked about conservative commentator Ann Coulter, who called Trump a "wimp" for reopening the government without a deal on the wall, Trump says: "I hear she’s become very hostile. Maybe I didn't return her phone call or something." In a tweet later Sunday, Trump attacked two Fox News hosts, the Washington Post reports. John Roberts and Gillian Turner show "even less understanding of the Wall negotiations than the folks at FAKE NEWS CNN & NBC," Trump said. (Nancy Pelosi says no date has been set for Trump's State of the Union address.)

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