During her first weekly press conference since the end of the partial government shutdown, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) claimed she wants a vote on a bill that has "bipartisan consensus", but then declared she's not compromising on U.S. -Mexico border wall funds.
"There's not going to be any wall money in the legislation", she told reporters. Pelosi did signal openness to "infrastructure" and "fencing".
"If the president wants to call that a wall, he can call that a wall". "Are there places where enhanced fencing, Normandy fencing, will work?"More news: Celine Dion Biopic 'The Power of Love' Announced
The now largely semantic debate of a wall as opposed to barriers or fencing continues as Democrats participate in talks with the White House about Trump's demand for $5 billion for a border wall. They are having a negotiation over there.
Shortly after Pelosi said there would be no wall in the compromise border security package Trump talked about migrant caravans headed to the USA and said: "Nancy Pelosi will be begging for a wall".
Trump has said if they can not come to an agreement on a bill that includes the money he demands for the wall, he'll declare a national emergency on the southern border that would allow him to secure funds without lawmakers' approval. "Without a wall, it doesn't work". Pelosi, who had previously been reluctant to entirely rule out wall money in a final funding agreement, made her strongest comments against the wall since the government reopened last week.More news: Trump lifts Rusal sanctions as Putin ally Oleg Deripaska cuts stake
Democrats have for the most part refused to budge on giving no funding for the wall, led by Pelosi.
On Friday, Trump and Democrats reached a deal that did not include funding for the border wall.
According to a Wednesday Politico report, President Donald Trump has been meeting with Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, senior adviser Jared Kushner and White House lawyers to iron out a plan. President Trump tweeted Thursday morning discouraging Republicans from even attempting to sway the Speaker and suggesting that he may simply move forward with declaring border security an official national emergency, regardless of what is in the final budget deal which is expected to be inked in early February.More news: Why Anthony Martial Missed The Clash Against Burnley
But the president has argued that while technology and agents are crucial to border safety, it's impossible to keep the country secure without a wall stemming the flood of illegal aliens that agents have had to deal with in recent years. Is the wall "bigoted" or is it "common sense?"