Developing now, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019
- President Trump invites congressional leaders to the White House for a border security briefing on Wednesday as both sides look for ways to end the partial government shutdown
- U.S. authorities fire tear gas at Central American migrants trying to enter the country illegally at the southern border
- Democrats are expected to start pushing a long list of big government bills when they take control of the House on Thursday
- Republican Utah Sen.-elect Mitt Romney, a frequent Trump foe, slams the president’s character in an op-ed for the Washington Post
- An illegal immigrant accused of killing a California police officer is scheduled to be arraigned on murder charges Wednesday
THE LEAD STORY – LET'S MAKE A DEAL? - Congressional leaders from both parties are expected to attend a briefing on border security at the White House as the partial government shutdown approaches the two-week mark ... Funding for President Trump's long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border has been the main sticking point since the shutdown began Dec. 22. The president on Tuesday suggested he would be willing to compromise with the Democrats, though he has repeatedly accused them of not caring about securing the border. “Border Security and the Wall ‘thing’ and Shutdown is not where Nancy Pelosi wanted to start her tenure as Speaker!” Trump tweeted. “Let’s make a deal?”
Wednesday's briefing, scheduled for 3 p.m. ET, takes place the day before Democrats are to assume control of the House and end the Republican monopoly on government. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the top incoming House Republicans — Kevin McCarthy of California and Steve Scalise of Louisiana — reportedly plan to attend, according to aides. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who is expected to become speaker on Thursday, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also plan to attend.
Still, like most things in Washington, the briefing could be another game of politics between Trump and Democrats. The White House has accused Democrats of refusing to compromise. The invitation to the briefing on border security came after Democrats unveiled a plan to reopen the government without funding the border wall. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders later called that plan a "non-starter" that "fails to secure the border and puts the needs of other countries above the needs of our own citizens."
- Pelosi says Democrats plan to reopen government when they take control of House
- Rep. Steve Scalise: Democrats need to stop playing games with America's safety and fund border security now
- Jason Chaffetz: If Democrats won't spend $5 billion on a wall they should spend $25 billion on border security
- Justin Haskins: If Ocasio-Cortez's 'Green New Deal' succeeds in 2019 it will be the most radical plan offered in decades
- Romney denies he led 'never Trump' movement, says president's policies 'pretty effective'
- Romney predicts Trump victory in 2020
- Surenos street gang tied to accused California cop killer has history of murder, extortion, trafficking
TRUMP STANDS BY HIS WALL - "We have a president who is resolute on the central campaign promise that he made that put him into office. Sovereignty is the defining issue of President Trump and his administration." – Syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin, on "FOX & Friends," weighing in on President Trump standing by his demand for border wall funding amid the partial government shutdown. WATCH
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