Trump says he has ‘no idea’ if deal can be made with Pelosi

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - WEATHER -

WASH­ING­TON >> Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is push­ing back against the idea that he doesn’t have a strat­egy to end the par­tial gov­ern­ment shut­down, now into its fourth week.

At the same time he’s not say­ing what his strat­egy is.

Trump tells Fox News’ Jea­nine Pirro that he has “no idea” whether he can get a deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who op­poses spend­ing money on what she calls an “in­ef­fec­tive, waste­ful wall” along the U.S. south­ern bor­der. Fund­ing for the bor­der wall re­mains the stick­ing point in pass­ing bud­gets to re­open the gov­ern­ment.

Trump con­tin­ues to hold out the pos­si­bil­ity he will de­clare a na­tional emer­gency to build the wall without con­gres­sional ap­proval. Asked why he hasn’t, he tells Fox News that he’s giv­ing Con­gress a chance to “act re­spon­si­bly.”

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