On Wednesday, following a brief White House meeting regarding the ongoing issue of border security, President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Republican lawmakers strongly denounced Democrats, who Pence said were “unwilling to negotiate.”
After Trump walked out of the meeting, which he later called a “waste of time,” Vice President Pence spoke to reporters briefly, echoing the president’s sentiments while voicing his frustration with Democrat leaders.
Pence explained that, while Trump and his administration have repeatedly sought to negotiate on the issue of border security, Democrats, who appear bound to the behest of Nancy Pelosi, remain adamant to prevent additional funding, including for the border wall.
The Vice President pointed out that, in addition to the ongoing government shutdown, the country is also faced with a “humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border,” while admonishing Democrats for being “unwilling to negotiate” during Wednesday’s meeting.
Democrats are unwilling to engage in good-faith negotiations. We face a serious humanitarian & security crisis at our southern border. @POTUS & our Admin will continue to drive forward to bring about the kind of reforms that’ll see to the safety & security of the American people. pic.twitter.com/w9jq4AnhjI
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) January 9, 2019
Pence went on to explain that Democrats “demanded” the government be reopened, while refusing to allow funding for increased border security, leading to President Trump ending the meeting.
“This president, our entire administration working with Republican leaders, is going to continue to drive forward to bring about the kind of reforms that will see to the safety and security of the American people,” added Pence.