(National Sentinel) No Mas: It would appear that Nancy Pelosi and her incoming House Democratic majority may have celebrated a budget victory a bit too soon after believing on Wednesday they had forced POTUS Donald Trump to back down from his demand that he get $5 billion in funding for his border wall in the current budget.
On Thursday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that the president “does not want to go further” with any spending bill that does not include funding for a border wall or steel slats in places where that design is more appropriate.
She also said that the president met with Republican leaders at noon at the White House to discuss a stopgap spending bill which was passed by the Senate on Wednesday but only funds full government operations until Feb. 8, at which time Democrats will have taken control of the House, where all spending bills originate and where any hope of wall funding would die.
“At this moment, the president does not want to go further without border security, which includes steel slats or a wall,” Sanders said in her statement. “The president is continuing to weigh his options.”
During an Oval Office meeting last week, the president told House leader Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., he would be “proud” to allow a portion of the government to shut down if he didn’t get his funding.
Congress has already passed several spending bills funding the majority of government operations through the 2019 fiscal year.
The president reminded Americans earlier in the day that congressional leaders promised him border wall funding earlier in the year.
When I begrudgingly signed the Omnibus Bill, I was promised the Wall and Border Security by leadership. Would be done by end of year (NOW). It didn’t happen! We foolishly fight for Border Security for other countries – but not for our beloved U.S.A. Not good!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2018
“When I begrudgingly signed the Omnibus Bill, I was promised the Wall and Border Security by leadership. Would be done by end of year (NOW). It didn’t happen! We foolishly fight for Border Security for other countries – but not for our beloved U.S.A. Not good!” he wrote.
Conservatives in Congress and in the political commentariat have been warning the president since Wednesday that he’ll not get another chance to secure border wall funding after Democrats take over the House. After all, he didn’t get when Republicans held both chambers of Congress.
So the only leverage he has is to veto any spending bill that does not contain even a paltry amount of money for his promised wall and then blame it — appropriately — on open borders Democrats and RINOs.
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