President Donald Trump left Congressional leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi at what was supposed to be the negotiating table Wednesday after a meeting over border security quickly headed south.
Simply, the president said the talks, specifically with Democrat House Speaker Pelosi, over funding a border wall were a waste of time because she flat out refused to budge over taking up the issue while the government is partially shut down.
While the deeply divided partisan sides managed to get together for the meeting, it is becoming clearer that neither is prepared to stray from their positions. The president, Pelosi, and Schumer continue to blame the other side for the stalemate.
The partial shutdown enters its 20th day Thursday, and Friday marks the first payday in which many federal workers won’t be paid because of it. Also, the impasse and shutdown have raised the ire of a rating agency.
Trying to Understand the Impasse
At issue is the president’s call for $5.7 billion to be appropriated to fund a border wall along certain portions of the U.S.-Mexico border. House Democrats have refused to commit to the funding.
The partisan fight is not about there not being enough money for the wall. The amount being requested is less than 1% of the federal government’s $4.4 trillion budget. Instead, for the Democrats, it’s about the “immorality” of the wall.
Their olive branch to the president is to hold discussions over the wall funding only if he signs a package re-opening shuttered federal agencies. That’s not good enough for Trump. He took to Twitter to admit he’d walked out of the meeting.
Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time.