Trump and Pelosi again butt heads but others see possible paths

Trump and Pelosi again butt heads but others see possible paths

Kerry Wise
January 22, 2019

US President Donald Trump, who is facing a growing backlash over the partial government shutdown, has shifted course and offered Democrats a deal for the temporary protection of some 700,000 young undocumented immigrants in exchange for $5.7 billion funding for his proposed Mexico border wall.

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks on border security and the partial shutdown of the U.S. government from the Diplomatic Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 19, 2019. The California Democrat said Trump's expected offer was "not a good-faith effort" to help the immigrants and could not pass the House.

But Trump did not budge on his $5.7 billion demand for the wall and, in essence, offered to temporarily roll back some of his own hawkish immigration actions - actions that have been blocked by federal courts.

With polls showing a majority of Americans blaming him and Republicans for the impasse, Trump said from the White House on Saturday that he was there "to break the logjam and provide Congress with a path forward to end the government shutdown and solve the crisis on the southern border".

Despite his deliberately chaotic style of governing, he's managed to deliver on numerous things he said he would, for better or worse.

US Democrats have gone up in arms over President Donald Trump's proposal to fund his border wall in exchange for protection for DACA recipients and TPS immigrants, denouncing it as a one-sided non-starter. But Trump, who made infrastructure spending one of the goals of his presidential campaign in 2016, still wants to get something done in his first term.

"The way to end this shutdown is for both sides to make mutual concessions in order to reach an agreement". Trump's proposal also includes a three-year extension of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) that now lets people from certain countries stay in the United States if they left their homes to escape wars, disasters, or "other extraordinary and temporary conditions". Best economy! They should do the right thing for the country and allow people to go back to work. He pointed to her theatrics around the State of the Union address and asserted that he would deliver the address regardless of her calls for it to be delayed - even if that means he delivers a written letter.

Vice President Mike Pence said earlier Sunday on Fox that the administration was open to negotiations, but he wasn't willing to concede that Trump's offer is dead-on-arrival at the Capitol. Mark Warner, D-Va., said the government must reopen before any work on border security can commence.

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"End the shutdown now, and we can consider how a compromise giving lasting protections for Dreamers and TPS recipients may lead to a deal on border security".

Mr. Trump's announcement will coincide with women's marches across the country that both protest Trump administration policies and try to draw attention to other policy priorities for women.

The official told CNN that Trump's idea is to put something on the table to get Democrats to engage with negotiations.

His comment drew immediate pushback from some Democrats, including Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., who said in a tweet that Trump "is no MLK" and that the vice president owes an apology to the country and King's memory.

In a letter sent to Pelosi, Trump says she could still fly commercial if she wanted.

Some conservatives have criticized Trump's proposal as amounting to "amnesty".

"I think it's totally impossible", Elmendorf said, when asked if he saw any chance of seven Senate Democrats backing Trump's offer. Democrats contend that Trump's push for the wall is immoral and that it is an ineffective way to stop illegal crossings. They are offering $1.3 billion in new border security funding, but none specifically for a wall.

The partial U.S. government shutdown hit the one-month mark on Monday with no signs of it ending any time soon. What we can not do, and I've actually had Republicans as well recognize this, is that we can not reward the kind of behavior of hostage taking.