Schumer Backs Off Border Wall Deal

Schumer Backs Off Border Wall Deal

November 29, 2018

Democrat Senate leader Chuck Schumer is backing off his suggestion that he could endorse spending more than $1.6 billion in 2019 for President Trump’s border wall.

“We are for strong border security,” Schumer said on November 27 when reporters asked him about Trump’s demand for $5 billion in wall funding. “The $1.6 billion for border security negotiated by Democrats and Republicans [in the Senate] is our position. … We believe that is the right way to go. … We’re not negotiating in the press.”

Progressives complained, prompting Schumer to tweet that the $1.6 billion is for “border security,” not necessarily a wall, and that he will reject Trump’s demand for extra money to build one.

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