On the 29th day of his government shutdown, President Donald Trump is expected to give a White House address with a new offer to get his wall built.
Trump’s first offer for a concrete border wall was his 2016 campaign slogan that Mexico would pick up the tab. Mexico declined his offer.
Trump’s next offer was for U.S. taxpayers to pay for his concrete border wall. Congress declined his offer.
So Trump offered for U.S. taxpayers to spend billions on a steel slats fence. Congress again declined his offer.
While details of Trump’s new offer have not yet been released, Congress is already rejecting his new offer.
“This is not a compromise as it includes the same wasteful, ineffective $5.7 billion wall demand that shut down the government in the first place,” explained a senior Democratic Party House aide.
“This cannot pass the House or Senate,” the aide added.
A Democratic congressional aide also spoke to Politico.
“Dems were not consulted on this and have rejected similar overtures previously. It’s clearly a Republican-and-Republican negotiation,” the congressional aide said.
Trump’s announcement was scheduled for 3 p.m. eastern, but has been pushed back to 4 p.m.
Democrats already rejecting Trump's office before it is announced. From senior Dem house aide: "This is not a compromise as it includes the same wasteful, ineffective $5.7 billion wall demand that shut down the government in the first place. This cannot pass the House or Senate."ADVERTISEMENT
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) January 19, 2019