President Donald Trump invited Democrats and Republicans to lunch Tuesday to negotiate a compromise that would secure the southern border and re-open the federal government, but, according to the White House, it was a one-sided affair.
“As Senator Schumer and Speaker Pelosi refuse to negotiate, President Donald J. Trump and his team are working hard to find solutions to solve the humanitarian and national security crisis at the border and reopen the government,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. “Today, the President offered both Democrats and Republicans the chance to meet for lunch at the White House. Unfortunately, no Democrats will attend.”
The White House released the names of those who showed up to work on re-opening the government, and it’s as lopsided as Sanders said:
1. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN)
2. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL)
3. Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA)
4. Rep. John Katko (R-NY)
5. Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH)
6. Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX)
7. Rep. Van Taylor (R-TX)
8. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH)
9. Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA)
Trump has a compromise ready for congressional consideration, but he needs at least 6 Democrats to put America’s security, the safety of our border agents and the financial well-being of furloughed government workers ahead of their ‘stop Trump at all costs’ agenda.
“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. “The President looks forward to having a working lunch with House Republicans to solve the border crisis and reopen the government. It’s time for the Democrats to come to the table and make a deal.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have cast aside the pleas of border patrol agents and leadership to fund the border barriers they say they desperately need to do their work safely and effectively.
Pelosi and Schumer are denying the border patrol the very thing they are asking for – a barrier on the border. There is no other way to put it. America’s border agents asked for something and Nancy and Chuck have literally said “No.”
By not even bothering to show up to a good faith negotiation, Chuck, Nancy and the Democrats have proven that this isn’t a common sense approach to national security – it’s just politics.