While appearing to address their contentious White House meeting last month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) asserted that President Donald Trump’s behavior left the impression he wanted to “abolish” the legislative branch of government.
As IJR previously reported, Trump openly debated both Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) while they discussed avoiding a government shutdown and funding for a southern border wall.
Pelosi, The Washington Free Beacon reported, told CBS that while she met with the president in order to keep the government open, he seemed to want a government shutdown.
“The impression you get from the president [was] that he would like not only to close the government, build a wall, but also abolish Congress so that the only voice that mattered was his own,” she said.
Watch her comments below:
For Trump to abolish Congress, he would have to change the Constitution which installs the legislative branch in its first article.
Despite Pelosi’s comments, not all of Congress was on board with her plan to reject border wall funding — something Trump demanded in exchange for re-opening the government.
Amid news that House Democrats would pass a spending package without border wall funding last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said his chamber wouldn’t pass it given that Trump would likely veto.
According to Fox News host and confidant Sean Hannity, Trump was open to striking deal in which he would help recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program — one of the Congressional Democrats’ most prominent causes under his administration — in exchange for a border wall.
Trump himself indicated he would be open to a deal on DACA but only after the Supreme Court ruled on the legality of his decision to end the program.
President Trump: "I would consider DACA, but I think we complicate it. I'd rather have the Supreme Court rule, and then work with the Democrats on DACA." https://t.co/jjwf2DIkk5 pic.twitter.com/AyKy6TIDfz
— The Hill (@thehill) January 7, 2019
“Most of us, speaking for myself, consider the wall immoral, ineffective and expensive. And the president said he promised it. He also promised Mexico would pay for it. So even if they did, it’s immoral still, and then they’re not going to pay for it.”
Trump later responded, calling out Democratic policies for creating an immigration system that allowed people to die.
It’s incredible how Democrats can all use their ridiculous sound bite and say that a Wall doesn’t work. It does, and properly built, almost 100%! They say it’s old technology – but so is the wheel. They now say it is immoral- but it is far more immoral for people to be dying!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2018
“They now say it is immoral- but it is far more immoral for people to be dying!” he said.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated.