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Trump Heading to Texas Border Town to Press His Case for a Wall

Added 01-10-19 09:40:03am EST - “The partial government shutdown is nearing the end of a third week, and President Trump was scheduled to head to Texas with no additional negotiations scheduled.” - Nytimes.com


Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nytimes.com: “Trump Heading to Texas Town to Press His Case for a Border Wall”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

WASHINGTON — President Trump was set to embark Thursday on a trip to McAllen, Texas, that he did not want to take to discuss a crisis on the border that Democrats say does not exist.

Their disagreement has led to a protracted shutdown affecting vast swaths of the federal government that have nothing to do with the construction of a wall between the United States and Mexico.

But as the government shutdown neared the end of its third week, the president was scheduled to board Air Force One with no additional negotiations scheduled with congressional leaders.

The president held a brief and contentious negotiation with Democrats and Republican leaders on Wednesday in the Situation Room that ended abruptly when he stormed out of the room after Speaker Nancy Pelosi rebuffed his overture to reopen the government in exchange for wall funding. Ms. Pelosi and Democrats have consistently said that they would be willing to negotiate border security issues with him if he would reopen the government, even as Ms. Pelosi has held firm to the position that she does not support funding for a barrier wall.

Before his departure, Mr. Trump denied Democrats’ reports that he slammed his hand on the table and had what Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, called “a temper tantrum.”


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