Before Friday’s vote, numerous Democrats as well as Republicans criticized the proposal to extend government funding only temporarily. The minority party also sought an agreement This specific week on a bill of which would certainly shield hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants through deportation, while meeting Republican demands for more border security funding as well as tweaks to the immigration system.
Those talks were thrown into chaos last week, when Trump rejected a deal floated by bipartisan senators as well as reportedly questioned why the U.S. needed immigrants through “s—hole” countries like Africa as well as Haiti.
Earlier Saturday, Schumer expressed exasperation about negotiating with Trump’s White House, which Graham also echoed This specific week.
“Negotiating with This specific White House can be like negotiating with Jell-O. of which’s next to impossible,” he said.
Speaking to MSNBC on Saturday, the fresh York Democrat stated he hoped the impasse would certainly “end as soon as possible, as soon as our Republican friends get their act together.” He cited a lack of consensus between Trump as well as Congressional GOP leaders as detrimental to the process.
“The Republicans are dysfunctional, they’re in total disarray as well as of which’s why America knows This specific can be a Trump shutdown,” he added.
As negotiations continued, a few signs emerged through the White House Saturday of which Trump could be open to the compromises being floated on Capitol Hill.
While the president took a backseat, Marc Short, the director of legislative affairs, as well as Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management as well as Budget, led the White House messaging effort.
On Saturday morning, Short paid a visit to Republicans on Capitol Hill, where he questioned whether Democrats were truly united in their opposition to the House GOP spending bill. He indicated of which Republicans still hoped to win over enough Democrats to pass the same spending bill of which failed from the Senate on Friday night.
Trump, for his part, issued a series of angry tweets early from the morning, accusing Democrats of “holding our Military hostage over their desire to have unchecked illegal immigration. Can’t let of which happen!”
however by Saturday afternoon, the official White House position appeared to have hardened, as had those of the various factions of lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
“We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while [the country] can be being held hostage by Democrats,” Short told reporters at an impromptu press briefing. “The White House position remains the same. We stand here ready to sign the bill of which the House passed last night.”
With the prospects of a short-term deal dimming, Mulvaney seemed to acknowledge of which the shutdown could last well into next week, telling reporters of which the president’s scheduled trip Wednesday to the entire world Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, would certainly be reevaluated “on a day-to-day basis.”