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Border negotiations stall

by Harvest Prude
Posted 2/01/19, 01:03 pm

WASHINGTON—With another possible partial government shutdown just two weeks away, President Donald Trump said Thursday he doubts whether lawmakers will reach a compromise on border security. The White House maintains that any long-term funding deal must include money for a wall along the southern U.S. border. The president believes negotiating with Congress will be a “waste of time” because of the Democrats’ staunch opposition to a wall, he told The New York Times on Thursday. He said he is prepared to take executive action when funding runs out on Feb. 15.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said that “there’s not going to be any wall money in the legislation.” But she is open to lawmakers considering whether “enhanced fencing, Normandy fencing would work,” she said, adding, “If the president wants to call that a wall, he can call it a wall.” Normandy fencing refers to movable sections of crisscrossing steel beams that can block vehicles but are low enough to climb over. It gets its name from the Allied D-Day invasion of France during World War II, when the Germans used the barricades to try to protect the coast. Trump fired back on Twitter, “Let’s just call them WALLS from now on and stop playing political games!”

A bipartisan group of lawmakers tasked with hammering out a compromise met for the first time Wednesday but has not yet reached a consensus.


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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a political reporter for WORLD's Washington Bureau. She is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Harvest resides in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @HarvestPrude.

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  • NEWS2ME
    Posted: Fri, 02/01/2019 02:49 pm

    As you can see from the photo the wall and the shutdown is a BIG JOKE to our politicians.

    Who chose this bunch of losers for "the committee"? What a joke!

    Did we pay them extra and they sent out for free meals? What a waste of taxpayer money!

  • NEWS2ME
    Posted: Fri, 02/01/2019 02:50 pm

    TRUMP 2020

  • JerryM
    Posted: Fri, 02/01/2019 05:48 pm

    I recognise the irrationality and complete inflexibility of Nancy Pelosi.  I am wondering why the republicans have not put together any significant media event with all those involved with policing the border (e.g. sheriffs and border and immigration control chiefs)?

  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 02/01/2019 11:44 pm

    One of the issues with getting funding for The Wall  is that there are too many Republicans who are not really behind President Trump. Same with hold-ups in other things the President has tried to do. 

    These guys weren’t working for our interests before, they aren’t now. 

    As I’ve said before, Donald Trump got elected because enough of us were sick and tired of the endless promises made in campaigns, then forgotten as soon as the election was history. 

    If you think back to the campaign, numerous prominent Republicans worked against Trump, both before and after he secured the nomination. Now I suspect they are as much against Mr Trump succeeding as the Democrats are. 

    Disgusting!

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