House Minority Whip Steve Scalise pulled no punches Friday when addressing Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s refusal to negotiate with President Trump on border wall funding and end the government shutdown.
His message: meet with Trump or step aside and “authorize someone else” to negotiate.
“She’s refused to offer anything on the table,” Scalise said. “It’s time for that to end. She’s got to start negotiating or release everybody else and let someone else negotiate for her since she’s been unable to at least show any willingness.”
Scalise’s criticism may have some teeth, as the shutdown reaches day 30 and as the White House recently reached out with a compromise, swiftly rejected by Democrats, that would have provided some protection for illegal immigrants in exchange for $5.7 billion in border wall funding.
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