Trump Means Business, Summons Congressional Leaders To Meet In Situation Room
The White House announced that President Trump has invited the top Democrats and Republicans in both the House of Representative and the Senate to discuss funding for the border wall.
The meeting is scheduled to take place later this afternoon in the Situation Room of the White House.
According to Fox News,
The choice of the Situation Room would seem to preclude the possibility of a live, televised meeting, similar to one held last month as the government barreled toward a partial shutdown. The setting is by nature private. In order to enter the Situation Room, participants of briefings are forced to surrender their cell phones.
The Situation Room is typically reserved for matters of national security and defense.
With Congress set to return on Thursday, House Democrats are preparing their own plan to re-open the government. It includes a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees construction of the wall, at current levels through Feb. 8, with $1.3 billion for border security—a figure far less than Trump requested.
The President tweeted out this morning,
“Mexico is paying for the Wall through the new USMCA Trade Deal. Much of the Wall has already been fully renovated or built. We have done a lot of work. $5.6 Billion Dollars that House has approved is very little in comparison to the benefits of National Security. Quick payback!”
Mexico is paying for the Wall through the new USMCA Trade Deal. Much of the Wall has already been fully renovated or built. We have done a lot of work. $5.6 Billion Dollars that House has approved is very little in comparison to the benefits of National Security. Quick payback!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2019
Some of the congressional leaders that we know will be attending the meeting will be Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnel, House Republicans Kevin McCarthy, and Steve Scalise.
Of course, we know that Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi will be in attendance along with Steny Scalise, John Thune, and Dick Durbin.
In a Press meeting Tuesday, Sarah Huckabee Sanders that,
“President Trump has made a serious, good faith offer to Democrats to open the government, address the crisis at our border, and protect all Americans, we have heard nothing from the Democrats, who so far have refused to compromise. Speaker Designate Nancy Pelosi released plan that will not re-open the government because it fails to secure the border and puts the needs of other countries above the needs of our own citizens.”
We’ll find out today is the Democrats are really willing to work with one another across the aisle, or whether or not they just want to carry out their own agenda.
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