“I am pleased that Democrats in Congress have come to their senses,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders read of Trump’s statement.
“Democrats realized that the position they had taken, frankly, was indefensible and they had to focus on, first, funding our military, protecting border patrol agents, funding vulnerable children through the CHIP program,” she continued,
“These were things they didn’t disagree with, they agreed with everything that was in this CR [continuing resolution]. The president stayed firm, Republicans stayed firm and Democrats realized they had to move past that piece of legislation to focus on the conversation they are desperate to have,” Sanders added.
Trump appears to be feeling emboldened after Democrats in the Senate agreed to a stopgap spending deal with Republicans, dropping their demand that an immigration measure is brought up right away.
Under a spending deal, lawmakers will have three weeks to broker an agreement on immigration before spending lapses again on Feb. 8.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promised Democrats he would have an open immigration debate if a deal is not worked out before then.
Sanders said Democrats decided to drop their demand that an immigration package be tied to a spending bill because it was “indefensible.”
As Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress scrambled over the weekend to end the shutdown, Trump was largely relegated to the sidelines.
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