On Tuesday Sen. Charles Schumer and House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi responded to President Donald Trump’s address to the nation on the need for a wall at the Southern Border.
“This senseless shutdown has been full of misinformation.”
The Democrats accused the president of lying to the American citizens about the need for the wall.
“Much of what we have heard from President Trump throughout this senseless shutdown has been full of misinformation and even malice,” Pelosi said as she stood next to Schumer. “The President has chosen fear. We want to start with the facts.”
“The fact is: On the very first day of this Congress, House Democrats passed Senate Republican legislation to re-open government and fund smart, effective border security solutions,” she said.
But she did not mention that they did not include funding for the wall.
“But, the president is rejecting these bipartisan bills which would re-open government – over his obsession with forcing American taxpayers to waste billions of dollars on an expensive and ineffective wall – a wall he always promised Mexico would pay for,” she said.
The obvious solution.
“Most presidents have used Oval Office addresses for noble purposes,” Schumer charged. “This president just used the backdrop of the Oval Office to manufacture a crisis, stoke fear and divert attention from the turmoil in his administration.”
“There is an obvious solution: separate the shutdown from the arguments over border security. There is bipartisan legislation – supported by Democrats and Republicans – to re-open government while allowing debate over border security to continue,” Sen Schumer said.
“The symbol of America should be the Statue of Liberty, not a thirty-foot wall,” he said. “So, our suggestion is a simple one, Mr. President: Re-open the government and we can work to resolve our differences over border security. But end this shutdown now.”
In a video of his own, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said “Mr. President, we don’t need to create artificial crises. We have enough real ones.”