Trump To Meet With 'Chuck And Nancy.' Expectations Are Low
With a partial government shutdown on the horizon, President Trump and Democratic leaders are set to discuss border funding and other issues at the White House.
"Republicans still control the House, the Senate, and the White House, and they have the power to keep government open," Senate Minority Leader Schumer and House Minority Leader Pelosi said in a joint statement on the eve of the meeting with Trump. "This holiday season, the president knows full well that his wall proposal does not have the votes to pass the House and Senate, and should not be an obstacle to a bipartisan agreement."
For his part, Trump has been far less specific about his demands for border wall funding than he has been in past rounds of budget talks, in recently days leaving out specific dollar amounts (though the standing ask is $5 billion), and using the phrase "border security," which means more than just funding to build the wall.