The likely next Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi is having a tantrum over funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall.
The meeting ended at an impasse, with the president inviting attendees back Friday for more talks after leadership elections have taken place. His White House believes that House Rep. Nancy Pelosi will be more amenable to giving him the funds once she’s formally elected speaker.
Speaking to NBC News, Pelosi said that will not be the case. ‘We can go through the back and forth,’ she said. ‘No. How many more times can we say no? Nothing for the wall.’
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer urged the president during a White House press conference to reconsider his own position on bills to reopen the government.
‘At our last meeting the president said, I am going to shut the government down. They are now feeling the heat. It is not helping the president, it is not helping the Republicans to be the owners of this shutdown,’ he said.
”Today we gave them an opportunity to get out of that and open up the government as we debate border security, and to say to them, because he says he won’t sign it, and use the government as hostage, and just give in, the American people don’t want that, that’s bad for our country.’
The White House says a pair of bills that Democrats are backing that would end the shutdown are a ‘non-starter’ because they do not fund the border wall.
House Majority Whip Steny Hoyer said they would move forward with passing them, anyway. ‘Because that is our responsibility, as a co-equal branch of government,’ he said.
‘We want the president to open up government. We are giving him a Republican path to do that. Why would he not do it,’ he asked.
Democrats have proposed legislation that would fund every closed area through the end of the current fiscal year, except the Homeland Security department.
But if they think President Trump is going to blink first that does not appear to be the case.
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the shutdown will last ‘as long as it takes’ as the popular Smithsonian museums and National Zoo closed due to lack of funding.
‘I think the people of the country think I’m right,’ Trump said on day 12 of the shutdown during a Cabinet meeting, adding it will last ‘as long as it takes.’
The ripple effects are the partial shutdown are spreading out. The Smithsonian Museums – all 19 of them – and National Zoo have been closed.
‘Smithsonian museums, research centers and the National Zoo are closed. We will update our operating status as soon as the situation is resolved. We do not plan to update social media other than to inform you of our operating status,’ the Smithsonian Institute announced on Wednesday.
They are popular tourist destinations – about 82,000 people per day visit the museums and the zoo with its popular panda exhibit.