President Trump accused Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, of being controlled by the extreme left, hours before he had to make an "important" announcement by the White House on the partial closure of the government and security. border.
"She's being controlled by the radical left, which is a problem, and you know she's under the radical left's total control, I think that's a very bad thing for her and I think it's a very bad thing for the Democrats ", He said. .
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Trump made the comments on his way to the Dover Air Force base, where he would meet the families of soldiers killed in Syria, something he said "could be the hardest thing I have to do as president."
Trump is scheduled to address the nation at 3 p.m. of the white house. It is not clear what he is going to say, but he said on Friday that it would be "an important announcement related to the Humanitarian Crisis in our Southern Border and the Closing", live from the White House.
Speaking to reporters on Saturday, he only said it would be an "important" statement and defended his position on border security: "Walls work."
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The government has been partially closed for almost a month, due to a stalemate between Republicans and Democrats over Trump's call of $ 5.7 billion to finance a wall on the southern border. Democrats have opposed the number and oppose a wall, instead of saying they are prepared to fund approximately $ 1.3 billion for the general security of the borders.
Axios reported that Trump will extend an offer to the Democrats for $ 5.7 billion for the wall in exchange for the BRIDGE Act, which would extend protections for illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children and who were protected by the Action. Deferred for the Obama era Child Arrival Policy (DACA). Legislation to extend the legal status of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders would also be included.
Meanwhile, The New York Times reported that Democrats in the House of Representatives have added more than $ 1 billion in "border-related expenditures" to a package of funding bills to reopen the government. The proposal would include $ 524 million for infrastructure at the ports of entry, while another $ 563 million would be more immigration judges, the Times reported.
The crisis intensified earlier this week, as federal workers continued to work without pay, and apparently there was no solid break in the negotiations immediately.
Pelosi wrote to Trump earlier this week asking him to delay the address of the State of the Union or to submit it in writing. Later, Trump canceled the military plane that was to take a delegation from the Democratic Congress to Afghanistan, citing the closure.
"We will re-schedule this seven-day excursion when the closure ends. "In light of the 800,000 large American workers who do not get paid, I'm sure they would agree that postponing this public relations event is entirely appropriate," Trump wrote.
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The situation intensified on Friday when Pelosi's office accused the Trump government of filtering plans for the congressional delegation to fly on a plane to Afghanistan, saying that the security risks involved forced them to postpone the trip. However, the White House categorically denied the accusation of flight, describing it as a "shameless lie".