President Trump on ‘great deal’ with Congress on border wall
President Trump is optimistic about a deal with Congress to pay for the border wall, saying he and his Republican allies have “great deal” to offer the Democratic-controlled House.
In an interview with the New York Times on Thursday, Trump said he has spoken with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) about a border wall and said they are “on the same page.”
“They have great deal to offer,” Trump said of the Democrats.
“And we are in agreement.
We have a very good deal with the Democrats.”
The president, who is not expected to speak with Pelosi this week, has repeatedly called for a border security bill and has said he would consider a border fence in his first 100 days in office.
The wall is widely seen as a central pillar of Trump’s border wall push.
Trump and his allies have been working behind the scenes on a bill to fund the wall.
The bill has stalled in Congress and will have to go through the Senate.
Trump said in a Fox News interview on Wednesday that he and other Republicans have “no interest” in passing the $1.6 trillion wall because they know the Democrats would never approve it.
“We have no interest in it.
They have no loyalty to the country, and we don’t want to be in the position where we have to deal with a Democrat who’s not a Democrat,” Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity.”
You have to have some backbone,” Trump added.”
They don’t have that backbone.
They are not going to pass a bill that’s a total disaster.”
Democrats, on the other hand, have said they want the border fence and have proposed a plan to fund it through 2019.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has said the party’s top priority is funding the border.
House Democrats have long proposed a border fencing plan, which has languished in the Senate as well.