President Trump on Sunday accused Democrats of trying to scuttle bipartisan talks on the wall and border security because they want another government shutdown to change the “subject.”
“It was a very bad week for the Democrats, with the GREAT economic numbers, The Virginia disaster and the State of the Union address. Now, with the terrible offers being made by them to the Border Committee, I actually believe they want a Shutdown. They want a new subject!,” the president wrote on Twitter about the talks.
He also suggested that Democrats on the congressional committee made up of House and Senate members have been told not to forge an agreement.
“I don’t think the Dems on the Border Committee are being allowed by their leaders to make a deal. They are offering very little money for the desperately needed Border Wall & now, out of the blue, want a cap on convicted violent felons to be held in detention!,” he said.
Trump has demanded $5.7 billion to fund his border wall, but lawmakers have floated an amount between $1.3 billion and $2 billion.
Democrats are also seeking to put a limit funding for detention beds for people in custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The 17-member panel is working against a Feb. 15 deadline to come up with a spending plan and stop the government from shutting down again.
Trump signed a three-week temporary spending bill on Jan. 25 that reopened the government after a 35-day shutdown.