House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) sarcastically extended a new wall funding offer to President Donald Trump at a press conference late Thursday — just one dollar.
Asked by a reporter if there was a situation where she would accept “even a dollar of wall funding” to re-open the government, Pelosi took the question literally and had a laugh with House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.).
“A dollar?” Pelosi quipped. “A dollar. One dollar, yeah, one dollar.”
Watch the video below, via NBC News:
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
After laughing with her colleague and the assembled reporters, Pelosi made clear that she stands firm in her opposition to Trump’s proposed border wall.
“The fact is, a wall is an immorality,” she explained. “It’s not who we are as a nation.”
“And this is not a wall between Mexico and the United States that the President is creating here. It’s a wall between reality and his constituents. His supporters.”
Pelosi argued that Trump’s continued demands for a wall on the southern border are a distraction from the president to keep his supporters from seeing or caring about other actions of his administration:
“He does not want them to know what he’s doing to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security in his budget proposal. He does not want them to know what he’s doing to clean air and clean water and the rest in his Department of Interior and of EPA. He does not want them to know how he is hurting them, so he keeps the subject on the wall.”
“He’s a master of diversion,” she added. “We’re trying to open up government. We’re giving him a mature path to do so, not in our language, but in the Senate language.”
The new Democratic House majority voted late Thursday to pass a series of spending packages to re-open the government, but it’s unlikely that they will receive a vote in the Republican-held Senate without funding for the border wall.