The White House has made it clear that top Democrats in Congress will be facing a difficult battle if they try to advance their agenda for re-opening the federal government from the partial shutdown, now nearing the two-week mark.
Fox News reports:
In a statement Tuesday night, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders slammed a shutdown-ending pitch by Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., calling the plan “a non-starter.”
“President Trump made a serious, good faith offer to Democrats to open the government, address the crisis at our border, and protect all Americans,” Sanders said in the statement. “We have heard nothing back from the Democrats, who so far have refused to compromise. Speaker Designate Nancy Pelosi released a plan that will not re-open the government because it fails to secure the border and puts the needs of other countries above the needs of our own citizens.
“The Pelosi plan is a non-starter,” Sanders continued, “because it does not fund our homeland security or keep American families safe from human trafficking, drugs, and crime.”
“The Pelosi plan is a non-starter because it does not fund our homeland security or keep American families safe from human trafficking, drugs, and crime.”
Earlier Tuesday, Fox News learned that top leaders from both parties were expected to meet at the White House on Wednesday to discuss the partial shutdown, which has forced hundreds of thousands of federal workers to stay home or work without pay, and has closed some federal agencies and tourist sites.
Prior to Sanders’ statement, President Trump on Tuesday afternoon hinted he might be eager to seek a compromise with the Democrats.
“Border Security and the Wall ‘thing’ and Shutdown is not where Nancy Pelosi wanted to start her tenure as Speaker!” Trump tweeted. “Let’s make a deal?”