Nancy Pelosi's comment about immoral border wall reveals tension in Democratic Party

Jan 19, 2019, 01:26
Nancy Pelosi's comment about immoral border wall reveals tension in Democratic Party

While the shutdown dragged on, the State Department on Thursday instructed all US diplomats in Washington and elsewhere to return to work next week with pay, saying it had found money for their salaries at least temporarily despite the ongoing government shutdown.

Officials say the rate of airport screeners missing work during the partial government shutdown has stabilized just days before the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, which is likely to mean bigger airport crowds.

Trump invited a bipartisan group of lawmakers for lunch to discuss the standoff, but the White House said Democrats turned down the invitation. Thursday's bill would reopen the government through February 28. She says the State Department reported "the president outing" the original trip made the scene on the ground in Afghanistan "more unsafe because it's a signal to the bad actors that we're coming". Republicans saw her move as a ploy to deny Trump the stage.

Trump believes he was a "better candidate" and that's why he won 2016, even if Mueller's report or common knowledge of Russian meddling makes two thirds of America believe otherwise. But it's actually a consequential dispute about who'll have leverage, now and later, as the partial shutdown enters its 27th day Thursday, setting a dubious record for duration.

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Yet Democrats fear that if they negotiate while the shutdown persists, it would encourage Trump to use such brinkmanship in the future. Although she cited the shutdown's effect on security, she appeared to want to deny the president one of his chief annual moments in the limelight.

Further, the Pew survey found that only about a third of Americans (34%) said that expanding the wall would lead to a major reduction in illegal immigration to the USA and, according to Quinnipiac's poll, 43% of voters feel a wall is an effective way to protect the border.

While the shutdown hit about one-quarter of federal operations, a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday found that almost four in 10 United States adults said they were either affected by the impasse or know someone who is. As the fronts between the White house and the Democrats are already hardened more than, possible solutions in a more and more distant.

President Donald Trump says the Democratic Party has been "hijacked" by those opposed to his plan for a U.S. -Mexico border wall as he seeks to turn up pressure on his political rivals over an ongoing partial government shutdown.

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Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Wednesday the department has called back 2,500 employees to reopen Farm Service Agency offices on Thursday, Friday and next Tuesday to process existing farm loans and provide tax documents.

Sen. Tim Kaine, Virginia Democrat, said it would be "odd" for the president to deliver the speech during a shutdown. She added that unless the government reopens this week, they should find another date - it's now January 29 - or Trump should deliver the address in writing.

The White House hosted a bipartisan group of lawmakers, followed by a group of Republican senators, on the 26th day of the shutdown, with no sign of breaking through the impasse over Trump's demands for $5.7 billion to build a wall along the Mexican border.

Instead, the president's top aides on Wednesday said they are focused on the "long-term" health of the economy, which has shown signs of slowing in recent months as some economists warn that clouds of recession could be forming.

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Ahead of the meeting they wrote there is "strong agreement that if we reopen the government, the possibility exists to work together and find common ground".