Border Wall: Speaker Pelosi Says Trump Accepted Defeat

Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Speaker Nancy Pelosi

While President Donald Trump has not yet given up his rhetoric on border wall, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer have warned him of dire consequences.

In a statement released Sunday, the Democratic leaders expressed their displeasure on reports that Trump will request $8.6 billion for his “expensive and ineffective” border wall.

President Trump hurt millions of Americans and caused widespread chaos when he recklessly shut down the government to try to get his expensive and ineffective wall, which he promised would be paid for by Mexico. Congress refused to fund his wall and he was forced to admit defeat and reopen the government. The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again. We hope he learned his lesson,” said Pelosi and Schumer in their statement.

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They added that at a time when the country is facing challenges about jobs for the future, this money would better be spent on rebuilding America, and on education and workforce development for jobs for the 21st Century.

Last month, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen had sued Trump for his declaration of national emergency in order to extort government money for building a Mexican border wall to block the entry of illegal immigrants.

Public Citizen had filed the lawsuit on behalf of affected Texas landowners and an environmental Group against Trump. It was filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

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