House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has been saying for months that President Trump is not getting any money to build the wall, or any semblance of a wall, and she is holding her ground knowing that Trump has few options.
The last thing the Republicans want is for the president to shut down the government again, and Pelosi knows it would be a disaster for the GOP if he did. Trump’s only option will be to declare a national emergency.
Thursday at Pelosi’s weekly press briefing, she declared there was not going to be any wall money in the legislation that comes out of the ongoing bipartisan negotiations on funding for border security. If she is dictating what will, and won’t be part of the legislation than why are they bothering, knowing that the president will not sign anything unless there is funding for the wall.
When asked if the compromise will include border wall money, Pelosi said, “We are not having a negotiation over this right now. They are having a negotiation over there. There is not going to be any wall money in the legislation.”
“However if they have some suggestions about certain localities, technology, some infrastructure about these ports of entry maybe we need more ports of entry, that’s part of the negotiation. It is not a negotiation for the president’s sake. What did he say today? He said it doesn’t matter what Congress does. I knew he wanted at all to himself. I mean really? A president who wants Congress is completely irrelevant in how we meet the needs of the American people? No. Come on.”