Nancy Pelosi reveals her endgame for negotiations with Trump: Democrats will give 'nothing for the wall'

  • Likely incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said Democrats will not give President Donald Trump funding for his desired wall along the US southern border.
  • “No, no,” Pelosi says in a tweeted clip from an interview with the “TODAY” show. “Nothing for the wall.”
  • The interview will air on Thursday – which is both day 13 of a partial government shutdown that has centered around funding for the wall, and the day that the Democrats take control of the House of Representatives.

Likely incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said Democrats will not give President Donald Trump funding for his desired wall along the US southern border.

“No, no,” Pelosi says in a tweeted clip from an interview with the “TODAY” show. “Nothing for the wall.”

Pelosi was responding to a question from anchor Savannah Guthrie, who asked if Democrats were “willing to come up and give him some of this money for the wall?”

“Because apparently that’s the sticking point,” Guthrie says.

Pelosi said Democrats would give money for “border security” but not a wall.

The interview will air on Thursday – which is both day 13 of a partial government shutdown that has centered around funding for the wall, and the day that the Democrats take control of the House of Representatives.

The partial government shutdown began after no deal was reached by the end of December 21. President Trump said he would not sign a stopgap continuing resolution to fund part of the government until February 8.

The Senate passed the stopgap bill with the understanding that the president would sign it, however, after criticism from those on his base, Trump changed course. House Republicans – before giving up their majority – passed a spending bill with $US5.7 billion for the wall. That bill, however, does not have the 60 votes in the Senate needed to pass.


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As Business Insider’s Bob Bryan reported, around 75% of the government was funded through a series of bills passed prior to the wall-related impasse (five of 12 were passed). However, nine federal agencies were not funded, impacting roughly 800,000 federal workers; 420,000 must work without pay, while the rest are furloughed until the shutdown is over. The shutdown, which was the third of 2018 (and spilled over into 2019), is affecting national monuments in Washington, DC and national parks around the country.

On Wednesday, Trump met with Democratic and Republican congressional leaders, but no deal was made.

On January 3, the Democrats take control of the House, and on Monday they unveiled bills that would open the government but not provide funding for the border wall. Trump asked leaders to meet again on Friday.

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