Published: Mon, February 04, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Donald Trump says Nancy Pelosi was 'very rigid' during shutdown

Donald Trump says Nancy Pelosi was 'very rigid' during shutdown

A national emergency would allow Trump to proceed with a wall without congressional approval and give him executive powers to reallocate disaster relief funds to the southern Mexico border.

"I think Nancy Pelosi is hurting our country very badly by doing what she's doing and, ultimately, I think I've set the table very nicely", Mr. Trump said on Thursday in a wide ranging interview with The New York Times, referring to the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

In response, Drew Hammill, a Pelosi spokesman, said in a statement on Friday night that "President Trump's recklessness didn't make us safer, it undermined our security with 35 days of border patrol agents, DEA agents, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and Homeland Security personnel missing paychecks".

The president hasn't taken off the table his ability to shutdown the government again if he doesn't get the funds he wants to continue to build a barrier - or his option to declare a national emergency to work around Congress.

"Well, I think that she was very rigid - which I would expect - but I think she is very bad for our country", the president said. She knows that you need a barrier, she knows we need border security.

Most independent observers have cast doubt on Trump's claims.

"With Caravans marching through Mexico and toward our Country, Republicans must be prepared to do whatever is necessary for STRONG Border Security. She doesn't mind human trafficking..."

"We're going to have a strong border".

"She can keep playing her games, but we will win", Trump said. "It's like in a business, we have money on hand, and we're building, I would say we have a hundred and fifteen miles of wall, maybe a little bit more than that very shortly".

"Look, whether we should have been there in the first place, that's first question", Trump said.

"I think there's a good chance that we'll have to do that". The president - in open warfare with opposition Democrats, as well as railing nearly daily against prosecutors looking at allegations that he colluded with Russian Federation in his 2016 election - will take the high ground, the official said. We can bridge old divisions, heal old wounds, build new coalitions, forge new solutions and unlock the extraordinary promise of America's future. All I want to do is be able to watch.

"Excuse me?" Trump asked. "And this is what a lot of people don't understand". Trump said his aversion to letting his son play football is because "it's a risky sport and I think it's really tough".

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