The fight over Donald Trump’s proposed border wall is reaching the final phase.
Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats thought they had Trump right where they wanted him.
But then Pelosi stood up in front of the cameras and made the biggest mistake of her life.
At her weekly press conference, Pelosi was asked about a House and Senate conference committee on border wall negotiations.
Pelosi flat out said there would be no wall money in the deal.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi has drawn a firm line in the ongoing border security negotiations: There will be no wall funding in any deal congressional negotiators reach to avert another government shutdown.
Pelosi told reporters Thursday that she would allow a vote on any agreement the conference committee reaches in the next few weeks, but added, “There’s not going to be any wall money in the legislation.”
Pelosi has made similar comments before, but her remarks came just hours after President Donald Trump insisted that his desired border wall is “getting done one way or the other.” He later said Thursday that he wouldn’t accept anything short of a wall — even a different kind of physical barrier.
“If there’s no wall, it doesn’t work. [Pelosi’s] just playing games,” he told reporters. “So, if there’s no wall, it doesn’t work.”
Pelosi and the Democrats drawing a line in the sand on the issue bodes poorly for them in 2020.
Trump won the 2016 election on the issue of immigration.
If the 2020 campaign is dominated by talk of immigration, Donald Trump will win again.
Should Trump declare a national emergency it will surely be tied up in court.
But it will also allow the President to frame the 2020 campaign as a referendum on the Democrats’ support for open borders.
And that is an argument they can’t win.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.