Schumer Backs Off Border Wall Deal

Democrat Senate leader Chuck Schumer is backing off his suggestion that he could endorse spending more than $1.6 billion in 2019 for President Trump’s border wall.

“We are for strong border security,” Schumer said on November 27 when reporters asked him about Trump’s demand for $5 billion in wall funding. “The $1.6 billion for border security negotiated by Democrats and Republicans [in the Senate] is our position. … We believe that is the right way to go. … We’re not negotiating in the press.”

Progressives complained, prompting Schumer to tweet that the $1.6 billion is for “border security,” not necessarily a wall, and that he will reject Trump’s demand for extra money to build one.