Taxpayers Will Pay for Wall, White House Aide Acknowledges

Sheila Mcguire
January 10, 2019

In his dire address, Trump ticked off a string of statistics and claims to make his case that there is a crisis at the border, but a number of his statements were misleading, such as saying the new trade deal with Mexico would pay for the wall, or suggesting through gruesome examples that immigrants are more likely to commit crimes.

White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said the Democrats' support for the 2013 bill and a 2006 bill for a border fence showed that their opposition to a border wall was "partisan petty politics".

There's growing concern about the toll the shutdown is taking on everyday Americans, including disruptions in payments to farmers and trouble for home buyers who are seeking government-backed mortgage loans - "serious stuff", according to Sen. We can reopen the government and continue to work through disagreements about policy.

Democrats said before the White House meeting that they would ask Trump to accept an earlier bipartisan bill that had money for border security but not the wall.

"It may seem "manufactured" to them because they are sitting safely behind walls, but for those of us out in regular America, we are victims, we are prone to the victimization of illegal aliens and crime", she said on "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday morning. Pelosi warned that the effects of hundreds of thousands of lost paychecks would begin to ripple across the economy. Sadly, much of what we have heard from President Trump throughout this senseless shutdown has been full of misinformation and even malice.

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But the meeting breakup put an end to that idea.

Earlier, US President Donald Trump addressed the nation from the Oval Office, describing the situation at the United States' southern border as a "humanitarian crisis, a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul".

Democrats in response accused Trump appealing to "fear, not facts" and manufacturing a border crisis for political gain.

"We gotta understand why people are coming here in the first place and why so many of them are coming here illegally rather than legally", he said. But he did not mention that Tuesday night. He said the wall.

"I view that as absolutely Mexico is paying for the wall", Trump said.

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Trump on Wednesday floated ideas that have been circulated for a broader immigration overhaul.

President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House, on January 9.

Unsurprisingly, after Trump's lie filled speech was over, speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and senate minority leader Chuck Schumer took the stage to make a joint address decrying Trump's scare tactics. But Trump has not budged on his demands for $5.7 billion in wall funding, and Democrats have not moved from their opposition, while many Republicans watch anxiously from the sidelines.

"They don't come in through checkpoints, they come through areas where you have hundreds of miles without walls and without barrier or without strong fences", Mr. Trump said at the Capitol.

The people familiar with the meeting insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the meeting publicly.

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