Trump says Democrats won’t fund his border wall because they have their ‘eye on 2020’ as he claims the border is ‘like a sieve’ and MUST be protected by a wall

Wednesday, January 2, 2019
By Paul Martin

Trump invited congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle to the White House on Wednesday for a homeland security briefing
They haven’t met since the shutdown that’s on its twelfth day began on Dec. 21
Congress convenes Thursday with Democrats taking control of the House
House Democrats plan to pass new bills to end the partial government shutdown
But the Republican-controlled Senate is all but certain to reject the bills
And the White House deemed legislation a ‘non-starter’ that would fund the Department Homeland Security until Feb. 8 and other areas until Sept. 30
President Trump and GOP are adamant bill must include border wall funding
Both sides are under pressure to reopen the government as federal workers begin to feel the cold bite of the shutdown now that the holidays have ended

2 January 2019

President Trump insisted at a Cabinet meeting on that Democrats have ‘their eye on 2020’ and that’s why they’re refusing to approve border wall funding.

‘We are in a shutdown because Democrats refuse to fund border security,’ he contended.

Trump said in his first convening of his Cabinet of 2019 that the border is ‘like a sieve’ and the ‘United States needs a physical barrier’ to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in.

The president will deprive Democrats of oxygen for their arguments against his border wall as he hosts them at the White House later today in the Situation Room, where recording devices are banned and reporters are not allowed.

Democrats are eager to reopen the government, and have proposed legislation that would fund every closed area through the end of the current fiscal year, except the Homeland Security department.

A bill that Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the expected speaker of the House, will put on the floor Thursday extends funding for DHS until Feb. 8, providing Trump and the new Congress with an opportunity to continue talks while the government hums along.

Before she could gavel in the new legislative session, the White House deemed the strategy dead-on-arrival, indicating in a late-night statement that Trump is resolved to keep the government closed until Congress appropriates money for his border wall.

‘The Pelosi plan is a non-starter because it does not fund our homeland security or keep American families safe from human trafficking, drugs, and crime,’ White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.

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