Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed President Trump for emotionaly giving inaccurate and malicios information to the public scolding him that such character will not win him any emphathy.
“much of what we have heard from President Trump throughout this senseless shutdown has been full of misinformation and even malice”. Such misplaced character will not buy him any public emphathy.
The Speaker said it was “plain wrong” of him to “withhold the pay cheques of hundreds of thousands of innocent workers”. She said there were better ways to secure the border, including building infrastructure within the ports of entry and hiring personnel to facilitate trade and immigration at the border.
“The fact is, women and children at the border are not a security threat. They are a humanitarian challenge,” she said.
Senator Chuck Schumer urged the President to reopen the government. “We address you tonight for one reason only: the President of the United States, having failed to get Mexico to pay for his ineffective and unnecessary border war … has shut down the government.
“American government doesn’t work that way. We don’t govern by temper tantrum. No president should pound the table and demand he gets his way or the government shuts down.”
He said the border could be secured without the $US5.7 billion wall, saying: “The symbol of America should be the Statue of Liberty. Not a 30-foot wall.
“So our suggestion is a simple one, Mr President. Reopen the government. We can work to resolve differences over border security. End this shutdown.”