President Trump hit back at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday, after she declared once again that she was not giving him any money for his border wall.
Pelosi held her first news conference since the end of the government shutdown on Thursday morning. When asked about the bipartisan committee tasked with drafting a border security package, Pelosi declared firmly, “there’s not going to be any wall money in the legislation.”
When President Trump re-opened the government, he set a deadline of February 15 for the committee to come up with a deal.
In the Oval Office Thursday, he said, “I’m waiting till February 15. On February 15, the committee will come back, and if they don’t have a wall, I don’t even want to waste my time reading what they have, it’s a waste of time.”
“On February 15th the committee will come back, and if they don’t have a wall, I don’t even want to waste my time reading what they have,” Pres. Trump says. https://t.co/OtSFwAKYTV pic.twitter.com/tSmwGqbHis
— ABC News (@ABC) January 31, 2019
Responding to another reporter, President Trump said of Pelosi, “If there’s no wall, it doesn’t work. She’s just playing games.” He added that construction in some areas is already taking place, and other contracts have already been approved, with work set to begin soon. “I’m not waiting on this committee,” Trump said.
The president said, “If you go to Tijuana and take down that wall, you’ll have so many people coming into our country, that Nancy Pelosi will be begging for a wall.”
President Trump: “If you go to Tijuana and you take down that wall you will have so many people coming into our country that Nancy Pelosi will be begging for a wall. She’ll be begging for a wall.”
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 31, 2019
Below are Pelosi’s remarks early on Thursday, flatly stating she would not give the president any money for a wall.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tells @jparkABC she will “of course” allow a floor vote on any bipartisan border security proposal crafted by appropriators, but draws a red line, insisting “there’s not going to be any wall money in the legislation” https://t.co/kYSkRGRxQ5 pic.twitter.com/oM07cI4GBT
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) January 31, 2019
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