Cruz says Trump will ‘meet in the mid­dle’ with Democrats

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Alex Swoyer

Sen. Ted Cruz said Sun­day that Democrats’ re­fusal to ne­go­ti­ate with Pres­i­dent Trump over his fund­ing for the bor­der wall is not rea­son­able, sug­gest­ing the blame for the coun­try’s long­est gov­ern­ment shut­down is on them for re­fus­ing to budge.

The Texas Repub­li­can called Demo­cratic lead­ers’ po­si­tion “ex­treme,” not­ing they were will­ing to fund 350 miles of bor­der bar­ri­ers in 2013 but now are re­fus­ing to fund roughly 234 miles.

“The Democrats’ po­si­tion can’t be, ‘We are go­ing to force a shut­down,’” Mr. Cruz said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“The pres­i­dent has said over and over again … he is more than will­ing to com­pro­mise. He is will­ing to meet in the mid­dle,” he added. “The only thing [Democrats] are will­ing to con­sider is zero … that is not rea­son­able.”

Mr. Trump also has called on Democrats to come to the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble and de­vise an agree­ment to fund the gov­ern­ment and his wall, point­ing out in tweets over the week­end that he is the only one in Washington while Democrats are out “hav­ing fun.”

“I’m in the White House, wait­ing. The Democrats are ev­ery­where but Washington as peo­ple await their pay. They are hav­ing fun and not even talk­ing!” he tweeted Sun­day.

“The dam­age done to our Coun­try from a badly bro­ken Bor­der — Drugs, Crime and so much that is bad — is far greater than a Shut­down, which the Dems can eas­ily fix as soon as they come back to Washington!” Mr. Trump added.

On Fri­day, roughly 800,000 gov­ern­ment work­ers missed a pay­check due to the shut­down.

Democrats con­tend that Mr. Trump proudly pro­claimed he would take the blame for the par­tial gov­ern­ment shut­down dur­ing the tele­vised Oval Of­fice meet­ing last month with Se­nate Mi­nor­ity Leader Charles E. Schumer and now-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Sen. Tim Kaine said the pres­i­dent “blew up” Capi­tol Hill talks be­tween Democrats and Repub­li­cans about fund­ing part of the bor­der wall in ex­change for pro­tect­ing chil­dren brought into the coun­try il­le­gally with the par­ents.


“The Democrats’ po­si­tion can’t be, ‘We are go­ing to force a shut­down,’” said Sen. Ted Cruz. Mr. Cruz added that Pres­i­dent Trump is will­ing to meet Democrats “in the mid­dle” re­gard­ing the bor­der wall and the gov­ern­ment shut­down. On Fri­day, roughly 800,000 work­ers missed a pay­check.

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