Rep. Scalise Calls on Pelosi to Negotiate With Trump or Let Somebody Else Step In
Longest gov't shutdown in US history continues.
Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday suggested Trump postpone his State of the Union address -- scheduled for Jan. 29 -- until the ongoing partial government shutdown ends, or submit the address in writing.
Today, I wrote to @realDonaldTrump recommending that we delay the State of the Union until after government re-opens, as the @SecretService, the lead federal agency for #SOTU security, faces its 26th day without funding. https://t.co/K2oL8WGvqo pic.twitter.com/g3fIlxDbbK
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 16, 2019
In response, Trump postponed an official Democratic congressional delegation trip to Belgium, Egypt, and Afghanistan by denying them access to military aircraft.
Why would Nancy Pelosi leave the Country with other Democrats on a seven day excursion when 800,000 great people are not getting paid. Also, could somebody please explain to Nancy & her “big donors” in wine country that people working on farms (grapes) will have easy access in!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2019
On "Fox & Friends" Friday, Scalise (R-La.) said Trump's move was appropriate, because Pelosi's letter on the State of the Union was "unprecedented" and "unbecoming."
"Hopefully it provides her more opportunity to go and sit down with the president, because President Trump has been clear from the beginning of this," Scalise said. "He’s laid out what the security experts have said it’ll take to keep our country safe and secure the border."
He said Pelosi has yet to put a counteroffer on the table, and she and her fellow Democrats have continued to reject funding Trump's long-promised border.
"She’s refused to offer anything on the table. It’s time for that to end. She's got to start negotiating or release everybody else and let someone else negotiate for her since she’s been unable to at least show any willingness," Scalise said.
He noted that Trump has said he is willing to negotiate on what type of border barrier is used, and he's offered to reopen the government if Pelosi is willing to negotiate.
"She said no. So, at every turn, she said no," Scalise said. "She's got to get serious or authorize someone else to negotiate so that we can get this resolved."
Watch the interview above, and see Mike Huckabee weigh in on the border funding battle and Trump vs. Pelosi below.