White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and congressional Democrats for their unwillingness to negotiate with President Donald Trump as there currently seems to be no give-and-take on his proposed border wall.
Appearing on Fox News on Wednesday, the press secretary said Pelosi needs to get “serious” about her leadership role as newly-elected speaker and work with the president to end the government shutdown.
There seems to be no compromise yet as Trump stands firm on his demand for $5.7 billion in border wall funding, while top Democrats are refusing to offer a penny — Pelosi previously joked about the border security situation, saying she’d give a dollar to the wall.
“Nancy Pelosi has been unwilling to do anything, and it’s simply not going to work, and it’s not going to fix the problem,” Sanders said. “She’s gotta get serious about doing her job, and not just be serious about being a political figure.”
The partial government shutdown heads into its 26th day as the president refuses to sign any legislation to reopen the government that doesn’t include funds for his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
On Wednesday, the White House held a lunch meeting, inviting both Democrats and GOP, to discuss the situation at the border and negotiate on reopening the government, however, only nine Republican lawmakers showed up while there were “no-shows” of Democrats.
“Democrats have got to stop ignoring the problem, sit down with the president at the table and help us come to a solution,” Sanders said. “It’s now time for the Democrats to work with us and fix this problem. So far, they’ve been unwilling to do so.”
The press secretary said the president is willing to negotiate but needs Democrats to step up and negotiate as well.
“The president will negotiate, but at this point, he’s not going to negotiate with himself,” Sanders said. “He’s the only one that has a proposal on the table. Democrats have yet to put anything forward other than obstruction.”
Watch the video below:
.@kilmeade: Will the president compromise?
SANDERS: “Look, the president will negotiate.” (That’s not a yes!) pic.twitter.com/Yfkn6or16z
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 16, 2019
In the House run by Democrats, they’ve passed multiple bills in efforts to reopen the government, however, they did not include any funding for a wall, therefore, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has slashed them down.
As IJR Red reported, a recent poll shows growing support amongst Americans for the construction of the wall along the southern border as support hit record high of 42 percent.