The Associated Press lede: Signs of GOP unease over shutdown ahead of White House talks
According to a 4 January 2019 Associated Press article, the President should immediately cave on his demand to fund the border wall.
For the second time in three days, congressional leaders arrived at the White House Friday for talks with President Donald Trump amid signs of growing Republican unease over the prolonged partial government shutdown.
The meeting on the 14th day of the shutdown came after House Democrats muscled through legislation to fund the government but not Trump’s proposed wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. As the impasse over border funding dragged on, some GOP senators up for re-election in 2020 voiced discomfort.
But Trump dug in ahead of the meeting, writing in a letter to Congress, “Walls work. That’s why rich, powerful and successful people build them around their homes.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said even though the new Congress has convened since the last session at the White House, “the basic steps that are needed to end this unfortunate standoff really haven’t changed at all.”
McConnell has said measures approved by the House are non-starters on his side of the Capitol without the president’s support.
“Any viable compromise will need to carry the endorsement of the president before it receives a vote,” he said.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is close to Trump, said he spoke to the president Thursday about a potential compromise package that would include border wall money and some way to provide legal standing for the young immigrants here illegally but working or attending school under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
“He’s open-minded to this,” Graham said in an interview, but he added the president “hasn’t committed.”
Pelosi has already said she opposes trading DACA for the wall, and it’s unclear if other Democrats and Republicans would be willing to engage in immigration negotiations. But Graham called such a compromise the best way out of the shutdown.
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As for myself, all this article does is make me want to use AP srticles as examples of liberal bias.
- The American deaths that have occurred at the hands of illegal aliens,
- The incivility of the opposition,
- And the invasion of diseases across our southern border,
The President does not need to back down.