When Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was asked the umpteenth variation of whether she would agree to fund President Donald Trump‘s border wall to end the government shutdown, she turned the reporter’s cleverly-worded question against him.
At a press conference Thursday evening, Pelosi and the House Democratic leadership told reporters of their plan to reopen government by passing Republican bills to fund agencies other than Homeland Security, and to put off the DHS negotiation for a month.
But one reporter couldn’t resist taking another shot at negotiating a compromise on Trump’s behalf, and asked Pelosi, “Is there any situation that you would accept even a dollar of wall funding for this president in order to reopen the government?”
“A dollar?” Pelosi asked, to laughter from the reporters. “A dollar? Yeah, one dollar.”
“How high are you willing to go? Are you willing to spend…” the reporter said.
“No, you said a dollar, you said a dollar,” Pelosi interrupted. “That’s not your question, you said a dollar, I’m answering your question.”
“The fact is, a wall is an immorality,” Pelosi continued. “It’s not who we are as a nation. And this is not a wall between Mexico and the United States that the president is creating here, it’s a wall between reality and his constituents, his supporters.”
Trump tried to steal the newly-sworn-in Speaker’s thunder with a stunt press conference Thursday afternoon, during which he was openly heckled for refusing to take questions. But Speaker Pelosi appears to have had the last word, and it was, once again, “no” to Trump’s border wall.
Watch above, via CSPAN2.
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