By ZEKE MILLER and LISA MASCARO, Related Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump invited congressional leaders from every chamber to a White Home briefing on border safety Wednesday because the partial authorities shutdown wore on over funding for a border wall, with Trump tweeting: “Let’s make a deal?”
The briefing would occur the day earlier than the Democrats take management of the Home, however the precise agenda wasn’t instantly clear, in response to an individual with data of the briefing who was not approved to talk publicly in regards to the difficulty and spoke to The Related Press on situation of anonymity.
The invite comes after Home Democrats launched their plan to re-open the federal government with out approving cash for a border wall — unveiling two payments to fund shuttered authorities businesses and put a whole lot of 1000’s of federal employees again on the job. They deliberate to go them as quickly as the brand new Congress convened Thursday.
Trump spent the weekend saying that Democrats ought to return to Washington to barter, firing off Twitter taunts. He then revised his aides’ feedback to state that he actually nonetheless needs to construct a border wall. And final week, he blamed Home Democratic chief Nancy Pelosi for the deadlock that led to the shutdown.
On Tuesday morning, after tweeting a New 12 months’s message to “EVERYONE INCLUDING THE HATERS AND THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA,” Trump tweeted, “The Democrats, a lot as I suspected, have allotted no cash for a brand new Wall. So imaginative! The issue is, with out a Wall there will be no actual Border Safety.”
However he appeared to shift ways later within the day, interesting to Pelosi, who is predicted to take over as speaker when the brand new Congress convenes.
“Border Safety and the Wall ‘factor’ and Shutdown is just not the place Nancy Pelosi needed to start out her tenure as Speaker! Let’s make a deal?” he tweeted.
Whether or not the Republican-led Senate, beneath Majority Chief Mitch McConnell, would think about the Democratic payments — or if Trump would signal both into legislation — was unclear. McConnell spokesman Donald Stewart mentioned Senate Republicans wouldn’t take motion with out Trump’s backing.
“It’s easy: The Senate is just not going to ship one thing to the president that he gained’t signal,” Stewart mentioned.
Even when solely symbolic, the passage of the payments within the Home would put recent stress on the president. On the identical time, administration officers mentioned Trump was in no rush for a decision to the deadlock.
Trump believes he has public opinion on his aspect and, at very least, his base of supporters behind him, the officers mentioned, talking on the situation of anonymity as a result of they weren’t approved to talk publicly.
White Home officers, together with the departing chief of employees, had indicated that Trump’s signature marketing campaign pledge to construct the wall wouldn’t be fulfilled as marketed. Chief of employees John Kelly informed the Los Angeles Instances in an interview printed Sunday that Trump deserted the notion of “a strong concrete wall early on within the administration.”
The Democratic bundle to finish the shutdown would come with one invoice to quickly fund the Division of Homeland Safety at present ranges — with $1.three billion for border safety, far lower than the $5 billion Trump has mentioned he needs for the wall — via Feb. eight as talks continued.
It will additionally embrace one other measure to fund the departments of Agriculture, Inside, Housing and City Growth and others closed by the partial shutdown. It will present cash via the rest of the fiscal yr, to Sept. 30.
Democrats beneath Pelosi had been all however sure to swiftly approve the bundle in two separate votes Thursday. They might happen after the election of a brand new Home speaker, a contest Pelosi was anticipated to win as chief of the brand new Home majority.
The White Home didn’t reply to a number of requests for touch upon the Home proposal. Republican senators left for the vacations refusing to vote on any payments till all sides, together with Trump, had been in settlement. The lawmakers had been pissed off that Trump had dismissed their earlier laws.
The president has not mentioned he would veto the Democratic laws, if the payments had been to land on his desk. However a chronic disaster may hobble Home Democrats’ capability to proceed with their agenda, which included investigations of the president and oversight of his administration, together with Russian interference within the election.
At the least one Republican, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, inspired Trump to make use of the price range deadlock as a chance to handle points past the border wall. However a earlier try to achieve a compromise that addressed the standing of “Dreamers” — younger immigrants dropped at the U.S. as kids — broke down final yr because of escalating White Home calls for. Graham mentioned Trump was “open minded” about his proposal
The partial authorities shutdown started Dec. 22 after Trump bowed to conservative calls for that he struggle to make good on his vow and safe funding for the wall earlier than Republicans lose management of the Home on Wednesday. Democrats have remained dedicated to blocking any funding for the wall.
With neither aspect participating in substantive negotiation, the impact of the partial shutdown was set to unfold and to increase into the brand new yr.
Related Press author Kevin Freking contributed to this report.