Trump Assails Pelosi's Rejection of 'Compromise' to End Government Shutdown

Trump Assails Pelosi's Rejection of 'Compromise' to End Government Shutdown

Trump Assails Pelosi's Rejection of 'Compromise' to End Government Shutdown

President Trump is facing criticism - and responding to it - over his latest proposal to end the government shutdown over his demand for border wall funding.

The White House is thinking of using the plan to fund the next generation wireless network, modernize the air traffic control system, and use the re-authorization of the highway bill as a basis for additional road fix.

Trump lashed out on Twitter a day after Pelosi, speaker of the House of Representatives, dismissed as a "non-starter" his offer to extend temporary protection to about a million immigrants in return for $5.7 billion for the wall he wants on the Mexican border to fulfill a signature campaign promise.

Trump's reference to amnesty in the tweet could create confusion and is unlikely to help the president get his plan through Congress. Many public services are unavailable to Americans during the closure.

The Virginia Democrats, who represent many thousands of government employees in their state next to Washington, DC, issued a joint statement criticizing the President for not acknowledging "the pain and suffering" he has caused to those affected by the shutdown and said the first step to immigration reform needs to include reopening the government.

The Democratic measure would provide $563 million for immigration judges and $524 million for upgrading ports of entry. He said Phillips approached him, and "I believed that by remaining motionless and calm, I was helping to diffuse the situation".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to hold a vote on Trump's proposal on Thursday.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer described the proposal as simply "more hostage taking".

Pelosi cited potential security concerns on Capitol Hill resulting from the partial government shutdown that began December 22. "We're going to work hard and reach across the aisle". He added that Trump is "absolutely determined" to build "234 miles of additional steel barrier" along the U.S. -Mexico border, which the White House outlined in a letter to lawmakers earlier this month.

When asked about House Democrats who had called for Trump's impeachment or resignation if the story proved true, Pence said that "the reflexive willingness of the president's critics in the Democratic Party to accept the worst facts and the worst interpretation".

At the other end of the political spectrum, Trump's offer was panned by progressive groups, with Anthony Romero, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, calling it a "one-sided proposal".

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who drew bipartisan condemnation over "racist" white supremacy comments on a radio show, appeared to oppose Trump's proposal, tweeting "NO AMNESTY 4 a wall!" while calling a concrete border wall, a design that Trump no longer advocates, "a monument" to the United States sovereignty.

After Moore invited Trump to North Carolina, however, that state's Democratic Party criticized the gesture, calling it an attempt to distract voters from news that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had questioned a Republican state legislator about an anonymous letter claiming Moore had pushed legislation favorable to one of his legal clients, the News & Observer of Raleigh reported. "This is not an amnesty bill", he insisted. It has left about 800,000 federal workers unpaid - among them airport security officers, FBI agents, museum workers, and Coast Guard members.

"There's no permanent status here at all, which is what amnesty contemplates", Pence said.

Trump offered on Saturday to temporarily extend protections for young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children and those fleeing disaster zones in exchange for $5.7 billion for his border wall.

The Dreamers are now protected from deportation under a programme that allows them to work but not get citizenship.

President Donald Trump on Sunday cleared the air about whether amnesty for undocumented migrants is part of his negotiations on the border wall. A Senate victory for Trump, however, could force new negotiations over his border wall plan and over reopening the government, where 800,000 federal workers, furloughed or forced to work without being paid, are set to miss their second paycheck next Friday. The Trump administration said in September 2017 it would rescind DACA but it remains in effect under court order.

In exchange, he wants money to continue construction of a border wall that he has promised consistently since early 2015.

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