Trump tweeted at Nancy Pelosi to end the shutdown over the wall: ‘Let’s make a deal?’

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump speak during a meeting in the Oval Office on December 11, 2018.

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  • President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday afternoon to ask House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to “make a deal” that includes funding for a wall along the southern US border.
  • Trump’s tweet comes 11 days into a partial government shutdown that came after gridlock among congressional lawmakers who did not secure Trump’s requested $5 billion for a wall along the southern US border.
  • Democrats have released plans to reopen the government, but none include funding for the wall.

President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday afternoon to ask House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to “make a deal” that includes his desired $5 billion in funding for a wall along the southern US border.

Trump wrote: “Border Security and the Wall “thing” and Shutdown is not where Nancy Pelosi wanted to start her tenure as Speaker! Let’s make a deal?”

The government has been partially shut down for 11 days after gridlock among congressional lawmakers who did not approve Trump’s requested $5 billion for a wall along the southern US border.

The tweet comes a day after House Democrats released bills that would reopen the government but not provide funding for the wall. The new Congress is expected to pass them when it convenes Thursday.

Pelosi is expected to be elected speaker when Democrats take control of the House Thursday.

Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer implored Trump to avoid a shutdown in a fiery meeting that took place ahead of the deadline, but Trump was indignant on the matter of funding the wall, telling the top Democrats he’d be “proud to shut down the government.”

Since the shuttering of several federal departments on December 21, Trump has tweeted several times to pressure Democrats into resolving the shutdown, but negotiations have stalled over the holidays.

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