Trump’s Invite to Only Some Democrats Backfires on Him
The White House claimed Tuesday that congressional Democrats turned down an offer from President Donald Trump to meet for lunch at the White House and discuss a deal to end the partial government shutdown.
“Today, the president offered both Democrats and Republicans the chance to meet for lunch at the White House. Unfortunately, no Democrats will attend,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.
Nine Republican lawmakers were confirmed to attend the lunch with Trump to discuss the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border, which the president has referred to as a humanitarian and security crisis.
Trump and congressional Democrats have been at loggerheads over funding for a border wall, for which Trump has asked Congress to appropriate $5.7 billion. But Democrats oppose the proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall and believe that further discussions about wall funding should take place only after the government shutdown has ended.
Today’s lunch meeting was to include discussions about the president’s proposal to include technology and steel barriers in the wall.
“The President has a proposal on the table that includes additional technology at ports of entry, allows minors from Central America to seek asylum in their home country, and physical barriers between ports of entry made of steel instead of concrete,” Sanders said.
Trump met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., last week for talks on a deal to end the partial government shutdown. The shutdown affects nearly 800,000 federal workers and is the longest in history. But after Democrats repeated their opposition to funding the border wall, Trump called the meeting a “waste of time” and left.