- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 16, 2019

President Trump on Wednesday slammed what he called “Radical Democrats” for refusing to negotiate on border security as the partial government shutdown entered its 26th day.

“It is becoming more and more obvious that the Radical Democrats are a Party of open borders and crime. They want nothing to do with the major Humanitarian Crisis on our Southern Border. #2020!” tweeted Mr. Trump.

Negotiations to end the shutdown have stalled over Mr. Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion for a fence or barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border — with Democrats dead set against any border wall funding.

Mr. Trump argued that border walls are getting the job done in other countries.

“There are now 77 major or significant Walls built around the world, with 45 countries planning or building Walls. Over 800 miles of Walls have been built in Europe since only 2015. They have all been recognized as close to 100% successful. Stop the crime at our Southern Border!” he tweeted.

The two sides haven’t met since Mr. Trump walked out of a meeting Jan. 9 with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer. He called the meeting a “waste of time” after Mrs. Pelosi said she wouldn’t consider any border wall spending even if Mr. Trump agreed to reopen the government.

Rank-and-file House Democrats snubbed Mr. Trump invitation to a lunch meeting Tuesday. The president is set to meet Wednesday with the Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartsian group of House members.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders urged Democrat leaders to return to the negotiations.

She said a new U.S.-bound migrant caravan that started in Honduras underscores the national security and humanitarian crisis on the border.

“Democrats have got to stop ignoring the problem, sit down with the president at the table and help us come to a solution,” she said on “Fox & Friends.” “The president has a proposal at the table. It is now time for Democrats to work with us and fix this problem. So far they have been unwilling to do so at the hands of their leadership of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.”

The White House on Jan. 6 offered a deal that combined $5.7 billion in border wall money with Democratic priories including more immigration detention beds, more Border Patrol agents, more on medical care for migrants in U.S. custody and restoring a program for Central American children to apply for asylum.

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