Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer is so confident that President Trump does not have the votes in the Senate for border wall funding that he has taken to taunting the president.
The federal government is set to run out of funding at the end of the week and it does not appear that members will set aside their differences to stop the subsequent shutdown.
Trump wants $5 billion in border wall funding, but that request seems to fall on deaf ears in both chambers of Congress who are looking to score bipartisan deals without any funding for a border wall.
“President Trump should understand that there are not the votes for the wall in the House or the Senate,” Schumer said on “Meet the Press,” as BizPac Review reports. “He is not going to get the wall in any form.”
Schumer then said Trump was only seeking a border wall to “throw a bone to his base,” seemingly mocking Americans who have been tragically impacted by illegal immigration.
“Democrats don’t seem to care that Jamiel Shaw, Kate Steinle, and Brandon Mendoza were murdered by illegal immigrants,” BizPac Review wrote.
“Even the House — which is majority Republican — don’t have the votes for his $5 billion wall plan. They certainly don’t have the votes in the Senate.
“We should not let a temper tantrum and threats push us in the direction of doing something that everybody knows is wrong.
“If the President wants to debate the wall next year, he can. I don’t think he’ll get it. He shouldn’t use innocent workers as hostage to throw a bone to his base.”
According to the BizPac Review report, White House senior adviser Stephen Miller countered the idea that border security was a conservative or MAGA issue in saying it was a “very fundamental issue” all Americans should support.
“This is a very fundamental issue,” Miller said to CBS News, BizPac Review reports. “At stake is the question of whether or not the United States remains a sovereign country. The Democrat Party has a simple choice: They can either choose to fight for America’s working class or to promote illegal immigration. You can’t do both.”
This week’s fight over border wall funding and funding for the government as a whole carried over from a White House meeting last week which featured Trump, Vice President Pence, Schumer, and House Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi.
The initial part of the meeting was opened to the public but, as Trump and Schumer began to passionately debate the issue of border wall funding, the cameras were turned off.
The lawmakers clearly left the president without scoring a deal, as Schumer and Pelosi have not budged over the border wall funding.
As BizPac Review reports, the requested $5 billion is modest compared to the $113 billion that illegal immigration cost taxpayers every single year:
Last week, President Trump scolded Schumer in the Oval Office during a heated debate over border wall funding. At the time, Trump said he would “be proud” to take responsibility for a government shutdown, because the wall is too important to put on the backburner again.
Obstructionist Democrats still refuse to provide $5 billion for the border wall, saying that’s too expensive. Meanwhile, they blithely ignore that illegal immigration costs US taxpayers more than $113 billion. Every. Single. Year.