Pelosi Says No “Border Wall” Counteroffer, As Trump Fights For Shutdown Resolution

House Majority Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Jan. 4, 2019.
House Democrats will not negotiate a resolution to the border wall, said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday, as she dismissed any rumors that Democrats are working to offer a resolution to President Trump, as a solution for ending the partial government shutdown.
“That’s not true. That’s not true. That’s not true,” Pelosi told reporters at a press briefing.
She said the Democrats position has not changed and that Trump must reopen government before parties discuss any compromise or resolution.

Pelosi’s unmovable position on the issue, also forced Trump to postpone the State of the Union Address until the government reopens. On Wednesday Pelosi denied him the use of the House Chamber for the SOTU address.

Pelosi had originally said she was concerned that DHS and Secret Service would not have the funding to properly secure the event, an accusation that was denied by the Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security.

“Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address…” wrote Pelosi. Pelosi suggested delivering the address on January 29.

Pelosi Flip-Flop

Trump said that while the shutdown was ongoing, “Nancy Pelosi asked me to give the State of the Union Address. I agreed.”

He added that she “then changed her mind because of the shutdown, suggesting a later date. This is her prerogative-I will do the Address when the shutdown is over.”

Trump sent a letter to Pelosi, saying he looked forward to speaking in the House Chamber. Trump said he was told by both DHS and US Secret Service that securing the event would not be a problem.

Trump Struggles to Get Democrats To The Table

On Saturday, the president gave Democrats the opportunity to reopen the government. The compromise included amnesty for DACA recipients and TPS immigrants. Democrat lawmakers are refusing to cave in to this deal because it supports the construction of a wall at the US Mexico border. Pelosi asked Trump to then cancel the State of the Union saying she wouldn’t entertain a concurrent resolution to allow the the president to deliver the address in the House Chamber.

“No Venue That Can Compete with…House Chamber.” 

Many lawmakers speculated that Trump was exploring different venues after he tweeted about options for delivering the address.

Trump also said that no other venue was suitable, “… there is no venue that can compete with the history, tradition, and importance of the house chamber.”

As of Thursday, Trump continued to push Democrats to come to the negotiation table. The government has been closed for 34 days but neither side appears close to reaching an agreement.

As of Thursday, Pelosi told members of the press that she ‘doesn’t understand why’ the president needs a wall.