It’s the tale of two headlines. What the heck are we supposed to believe?
This headline is from the Washington Examiner:
And this headline is from the Daily Caller:
What the heck are we supposed to believe? Are they reaching a deal or not?
According to the first article, the House and Senate were drawing near to reaching a deal that would provide fencing in certain areas of the border, although the word “wall” didn’t appear to have a clear place in the proposal.
There’s no mention of a wall in the deal, per orders of Democratic leaders who vehemently oppose it.
But President Trump seems to be more flexible to whatever the deal entails, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., divulged to lawmakers in a private lunch Thursday.
“I gave a report on meeting with the president and I thought things were on the positive trajectory as far as maybe concluding the funding,” Shelby said. “But we are not there yet.”
Would President Trump sign yet another bill with no promise of wall funding? I certainly hope not.
Democrats appear willing to agree to funding for some new fencing in targeted areas as well as upgrades to existing barriers, they told the Washington Examiner.
The deal is likely to cover far fewer miles than Trump wants, however, and the barriers will be far less robust than the steel slat wall Trump favors.
Shelby would not disclose whether Trump would agree to less than the $5.7 billion he has requested for border barriers, or a wall, as he calls it. But he hinted Trump may be willing to make a deal on price.
Meanwhile, White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley is warning everyone that another shutdown is on the horizon.
“We’re on the verge of a government shutdown again because Democrats won’t come to the table to have a conversation about securing the country,” Gidley said.
The deadline is Feb. 15th.
Trump told reporters Thursday at the White House after being briefed on the progress of the talks by Republican Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby saying, “we’ll see what happens but I certainly hear they’re working on something, and both sides are moving along. We’ll see what happens. We need border security. We have to have it. It’s not an option. Let’s see what happens.”
I feel like we’re all kind of in the dark right now. We don’t know exactly what’s going on.
All I can say is…I hope President Trump doesn’t cave.