In the midst of the partial government shutdown, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told reporters she thinks “it’s time” for the president to “compromise.”
The self-described Democratic socialist hasn’t shied from her distaste for the president as she used her first floor speech to bash the president for allegedly eroding “American democracy” and to claim the shutdown isn’t about the wall or border, as IJR Red reported.
When asked by reporters about the partial government shutdown and if she thinks it’s time to compromise, she responded: “I think it’s time for the president to compromise, I really do.”
Newly sworn-in Ocasio-Cortez went on to say that the Republican party has “less leverage than they did before” — noting the now Democrat-held House.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says Speaker Nancy Pelosi "is just the strong woman that we need right now" and that the Republicans have "less leverage than they did before."
— ABC News (@ABC) January 17, 2019
Yet, it takes two to tango.
President Trump has been ready for negotiation as he’s mostly stayed at the White House waiting for Democrats to give-and-take on his proposed $5.7 billion for a border wall in order to end the shutdown.
We have a massive Humanitarian Crisis at our Southern Border. We will be out for a long time unless the Democrats come back from their “vacations” and get back to work. I am in the White House ready to sign!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2019
I’m in the White House, waiting. The Democrats are everywhere but Washington as people await their pay. They are having fun and not even talking!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2019
The president even planned a meeting at the White House on Tuesday to discuss the “humanitarian and national security crisis” at the border and reopening the government, however, no Democrats showed up to the meeting.
“It’s time for the Democrats to come to the table and make a deal,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said after the meeting, where nine Republicans attended.
Sanders doubled down on Democrats saying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) needs to get “serious” about her new leadership role and to “stop ignoring the problem, sit down with the president at the table and help us come to a solution.”
“The president will negotiate, but at this point, he’s not going to negotiate with himself,” she added. “He’s the only one that has a proposal on the table. Democrats have yet to put anything forward other than obstruction.”
On Wednesday, President Trump held a Problem Solvers meeting — six Republicans and six Democrats attended — where they “listened to one another and now both have a good understanding of what the other wants,” Sanders said in a White House statement.
President Trump continues to wait out at the White House for top Democrats to discuss the border wall funding and the partial government shutdown, even canceling trips to do so.