(WIAT)– Ten days into the partial government shutdown, President Trump and the democrats remain at odds over funding for a border wall.
Congressman Hakeem Jefferies explains, “We are not willing to pay $2.5 billion or $5 billion and wasting taxpayer dollars on a ransom note because Donald Trump decided that he was going to shut down the government and hold the American people hostage.”
Jeffries told ‘ABC this Week’ that democrats are willing to provide money for other border security measures, but called the wall “medieval.”
Senator Richard Shelby commented, “Our negotiations are at an impasse at the moment.”
Shelby said on Face the Nation the republican-controlled senate will only take up a bill with the president’s support.
Shelby added, “Nobody wins in a shutdown. We all lose, and we kind of look silly.”
On Sunday, President Trump called it the “Schumer Shutdown” despite taking responsibility for it just a few weeks ago
President Trump said,”I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not gonna blame you for it.”
Meanwhile, his aides and supporters took new aim at defining the wall.
Senator Lindsey Graham stated, “The wall has become a metaphor for border security.”
Outgoing Chief of Staff John Kelly bluntly told the l-A Times: “To be honest, it’s not a wall,” insisting it would instead be a mixture of steel slats and technological enhancements.
Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway said, “We’re having a silly semantic argument. People who want to say wall want it to be a four letter word.”
Conway would not rule out a presidential veto if congress passes a clean bill without border funding.