WASHINGTON — Democrats are holding firm in the standoff over a border wall, saying they won’t seriously consider any White House offer to end the government shutdown until it has a public endorsement from President Donald Trump.
Drew Hammill, spokesman for House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Democrats will not fund Trump’s “immoral, ineffective and expensive wall.” Hammill said Democrats are waiting for Trump to publicly endorse a proposal to end the shutdown because he “has changed his position so many times.”
The White House is accusing Democrats of walking away from the negotiating table. Incoming acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Democrats are ignoring an offer for border wall funding below Trump’s original $5 billion request.
The shutdown began Dec. 22 and is idling hundreds of thousands of federal workers.