‘We Simply Are Not’: Nancy Pelosi Drops the Hammer on Trump’s $5B Wall Request

“We’re not going for the $5 billion for the wall…”

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House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi hit back at President Donald Trump after he said that he will shut down the government if he doesn’t get funding for his border wall.

In an off-the-rails meeting, that also included Sen. Chuck Schumer, which Pelosi tried in vain to moderate, the president said, “If we don’t get what we want … I will shut down the government.” Trump has unsuccessfully attempted to get funding for his border wall since he came into the presidency.

In a press conference on Thursday, Pelosi told reporters that she’s spoken with Trump but that she and Sen. Schumer are “not in negotiation” about the deal, telling the press, “We’re not going for the $5 billion for the wall. We simply are not.”

Watch the video below, via C-SPAN:

In that Oval Office meeting that pitted Trump — who constantly boasts himself as the ultimate deal-maker — and the Democrats, the president seemed to be getting nowhere. As he demanded funding for his wall, Schumer seemed to shrug it off and never indicated that he intends to change his mind. Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence sat motionless and silent beside the president.

The government is currently funded through December 21, but if Trump is unable to make a deal with the Democrats (whom he needs), the federal government will shut down. This would be the third time this year that the government has closed due to funding disagreements. There were two shutdowns in February.

Trump’s deal-making abilities have been flimsy at best, at least within his own government. And they’re about to be tested a lot more with the Democrats in control of the House. Trump has said that he will work with them, but if his latest meeting with Schumer and Pelosi is any indication, it’s going to be a long few years for the White House.

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Tery Gohsman
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How many people would that $5 billion put on healthcare?

I. Chin
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Would that be citizens or illegals?

TOM
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Oh it won’t be citizens, we have to pay for our own healthcare. Taxpayer funded healthcare is only available to illegal aliens.

Robert Miles
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An easy way to nearly shut down discussion of the wall: Pass a law saying that we will build as much of the wall as Trump will personally pay for.

Debbie
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But the Demonrats were Ok with approving Obamas 100+ billion to Iran (which funded terrorism)
Does anyone doubt Democrats want to destroy our country?

TOM
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I don’t.

Rocky Drummond
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Unintended consequences. Think Mission, Texas and what the wall will do to this vulnerable community.

I. Chin
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Please expand on “vulnerable”. How? Do they make money off of illegal or immoral activities?

banstan
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libs can’t expand on their nauseating use of hyperbole, Screw.

I. Chin
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facts and reason. huge challenges.

Rocky Drummond
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That’s twice, now. You don’t seem to understand what hyperbole is, bs.

banstan
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I know EXACTLY what hyperbole is. You over-exaggerate on so many of your comments. Just how will the wall ruin what they rely on?

Rocky Drummond
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No, you don’t. Couched in caution is not hyperbole. Aliteration, maybe, but not hyperbole.

banstan
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Couched in caution. Best belly laugh of the day. Nice reach on alliteration.

banstan
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Your comment about couched in caution shows that you have no idea what hyperbole means. Nobody was talking about couched in caution.

Rocky Drummond
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Mission is a small town depending on eco-tourism. The wall will ruin what they rely upon.

Phyllis Softa
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Ever notice, Rocky, that the folks who want “smaller government” have no problem with eminent domain” for border walls and oil pipelines—as long as it is someone else’s property.

Rocky Drummond
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Good point.

Also, one-issue folks don’t seem to care about any fallout resulting from it. This one is a literal butterfly effect.

banstan
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Ever notice, rocky, how philly constantly jumps in to help you out?

banstan
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Explain how this “is a literal butterfly effect.” What changes are you predicting? Are you sure you really know what Edward Lorenz was saying?

Rocky Drummond
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The wall will split a nature preserve and put most of it on the outside of the wall. This will do immense harm to their community. Conserve is part of the word conservative.

banstan
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Birds are able to fly over a wall, rocky. What “immense” (gee, a certain word comes to mind again) harm will befall their community?

Rocky Drummond
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Who entioned birds? You have no idea what you are talking about.

banstan
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So can butterfly’s. What are YOU talking about? YOU used the term “eco-tourism”, not me. What eco-tourism in “vulnerable” Mission Texas are YOU talking about?

Rocky Drummond
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See what I mean? When they put a wall through the preserve they will destroy what plants attract what is left of these butterflies populations.

banstan
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Your own words, “The wall will split a nature preserve and put most of it on the outside of the wall.” Now for your above comment, not if those plants are outside of the wall. Maybe the WHOLE butterfly AND bird population moves to one side of the wall and gets along just fine?

Rocky Drummond
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A large area gets cleared near the wall, so the plants that they need won’t be there, but then the wall will block access, too.

banstan
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How large an area will be cleared? How big is the area the plants cover?

Rocky Drummond
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300 yards on either side. The preserve is only 100 acres, so the effects will be significant.

banstan
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I’m talking about MORE than one preserve that will be impacted by the portion of “The Wall” you are talking about. You really might want to take ANOTHER look at your numbers.

banstan
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300 Yards? “The surveyor’s stakes marking the 150 ft “clearing zone” for Trump’s Border Fence appeared at the National Butterfly Center in Mission, TX, on Thursday, July 20.” WOW!!! 300 yards, or 150 feet? Which one is it, rocky?

Rocky Drummond
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That’s what is generally cleared, from what I found. I didn’t know that it was shorter here. Thanks.

banstan
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Typical libtard backpedaling. That 150 feet took all of 3 seconds to find. Without even checking, I call shenanigans on your “what is generally cleared” comment, too.

Tery Gohsman
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I have no idea which is right, but your “typical libtard packpedaling” is BS and a typical republican response if anyone accepts your version.

banstan
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Too bad I’m not a republican. Your first 4 words say it all.

banstan
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nice edit. How will the wall block access to birds and butterflies?

banstan
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The US government can build ANY wall or pipeline they want on my property. Don’t know what good it would do in Northern California.

WellHungChad
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I think the butterflies will understand, Rockhead. Go have a good cry for them. Mommy Phyllis will tuck you in for bedtime.

The butterfly argument has to be one of the stupidest, and most absurd that I have ever heard against building the border wall!

Rocky Drummond
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So what you are saying is that you have more concern about building a wall than concern about a community losing a large portion of their livelihood. Unintended consequences?

banstan
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Once again, your question means nothing. You have NOT even come close to proving that a community will lose “a large portion of their livelihood.”

Rocky Drummond
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This is only one example of negative effects from cutting the wall through other’s property. Golf courses and farms are also affected. The point is that there are negative consequences from plunking a wall down.

banstan
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Talk about having to get the last word in, even though it doesn’t matter how wrong you are.

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