In a briefing with Capitol Hill reporters Thursday afternoon, Vice President Mike Pence made it clear that the Trump administration won’t give in on wall funding, but said that Trump “has made no decision” as to whether he’ll declare a national emergency.
He also suggested that the administration does not want to trade DACA protections for wall funding. “It’s time for the Democrats to start negotiating … if there’s no wall, there’s no deal.” This doesn’t leave much room for negotiation, as protecting Dreamers is Democrats’ most urgent immigration priority.
“No wall, no deal,” Pence says in briefing at the Capitol. Repeatedly thanks congressional Rs for “standing strong” & says Democrats are stonewalling in negotiations.
— Julie Davis (@juliehdavis) January 10, 2019
VPOTUS Pence held a pen and pad with Hill reporters on shutdown talks. Key points from admin position:
-DACA is not on the table
-POTUS believe has "absolute right" to declare national emergency
-No other spending bills can pass until there's a deal
-"No wall, no deal"
— Susan Davis (@DaviSusan) January 10, 2019
Just arrived at Capitol to talk w/ members of Congress about the humanitarian & security crisis at our southern border. @POTUS made clear he will stand firm to achieve the priorities of the American people to build a wall & add personnel, resources, & reforms to stem the crisis.
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) January 10, 2019