After an on-going feud between Democratic leaders and President Donald Trump over border security and border wall funding amid the partial government shutdown, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is taunting the president with an immature offer of money that plays with Americans’ safety.
Following her nomination as Speaker of the House on Thursday, a reporter asked Pelosi if she would give “even a dollar of wall funding” to end the partial government shutdown, as IJR Blue noted.
“A dollar?” Pelosi said, laughingly. “A dollar. One dollar, yeah, one dollar.”
“The fact is, a wall is an immorality,” Pelosi continued, standing firmly against the president’s push for border wall funding. “It’s not who we are as a nation” — she then targetted President Trump as “a master of diversion.”
Pelosi’s joke comes at a time that Republicans are calling out Democrats for their hypocrisy as top Democrats have sung a different tune on border security in the past — House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) urged Democrats to “stop playing games with the safety of our country” and give an alternative, rather than just refusing a bill that includes border wall funding, as IJR Red reported.
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Reporter: Is there any situation in which you would accept even a dollar of wall funding for this president in order to reopen the government?
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 4, 2019
This isn’t Pelosi’s first time taunting the president as she previously said that she does “not think that is conclusive” on the Department of Justice’s advice that a sitting president couldn’t be indicted, as IJR Blue reported.
However, despite Pelosi’s defense against President Trump and the border wall, President Trump made his first-ever appearance at a White House press conference on Thursday.
At the press conference, President Trump continued his call for border security and brought in Border Patrol agents to explain how border walls “actually work” and how in areas where physical barriers are already up, illegal immigration has dropped “exponentially.”
Democrats now lead the House, where they passed a bill late Thursday in hopes to end the partial government shutdown, however, it does not include President Trump’s border wall funding, therefore, the Republican-run Senate is not expected to pass the bill.