: On the precipice of another government shutdown, lawmakers came to an agreement “in principle” last night that gives President Trump “$1.375 billion for border barriers (55 new miles of bollard fencing, with certain restrictions on location),” according to my colleagues Erica Werner, Damian Paletta and Sean Sullivan.
In case you haven’t already done the math yourself, that number is well below Trump’s original request for $5.7 billion to build 200 miles of wall along the southern border.
Democrats also gave in on a key point: lowering the cap on the number of detention beds that Immigration and Customs Enforcement has at its disposal, which they argued was a necessary check on Trump’s immigrantion crackdown.
Evergreen: The success of the agreement is still contingent on the president and “while congressional negotiators said they were hopeful Trump would sign off on the deal, they said they had not been given assurances.”
Speaking in El Paso in front of banners reading “Finish the Wall,” Trump told the crowd he opted not to be briefed on the deal prior to taking the stage.
They are keeping options open, including using executive power to reallocate federal funds from elsewhere for a wall, according to two people familiar with the discussions who were not authorized to speak publicly,” Costa reports.
“One official said Trump could sign the deal but still pursue using executive authority to send more troops to the border and put funding toward wall projects,” Costa writes.
A congressional aide familiar with negotiations told Power Up that Democratic concession on the ICE cap was a crucial prerequisite to brokering a deal.
Blowback from the right echo-chamber has in the past dictated where Trump will go on an issue: Mark Krikorian, who has previously met with Trump at the White House to discuss the wall, tweeted: “Reduction in ICE detention capacity more than cancels out any benefit from that small amount of extra fencing.”
Fact Check: So disillusioned with Trump’s failure to secure funding to build the wall, Ann Coulter assumed the role of fact-checker during Trump’s rally: “GOP: PLEASE DROP THE LYING “FINISH THE WALL” SIGNS.
(The crowd was not fooled: as the crowd chanted “Build the wall,” Trump tried to correct them.
People leave post-it notes of support outside the office of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.)
The episode laid bare the tensions we outlined last week between the factions within the Democratic Party over what’s been unwavering U.S. support of Israel versus new voices like Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.)
“But for most Democrats on Monday, Omar’s tweets crossed the line by playing into ancient stereotypes about wealthy Jews — forcing action from party leaders who had brushed off earlier accusations of anti-Semitism against Omar and [Tlaib], the only two Muslim women in Congress,” my colleagues Mike DeBonis and Rachael Bade report.
Republican leaders for years dismissed racially charged statements by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and did not respond after he used a congressional trip last year to meet with members of a far-right Austrian party with historical Nazi ties.
Trump told reporters on Monday night that Omar “should be ashamed of herself.”
Former Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke speaks to a crowd inside a ballpark across the street from where Trump held a rally inside the El Paso County Coliseum.
(AP Photo/Rudy Gutierrez) Outside the Beltway BETO-MANIA REBOOT: Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke appeared at a dueling rally along the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso last night.
As Trump mocked the potential 2020 rival for his failed Senate bid and called for a wall in order to save lives, O’Rourke spoke about walls ending lives and led a march to a park right outside of the coliseum that Trump was speaking at.
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