On the same page as Trump: Senator Capito on immigration and building the wall
(with afternoon update)
This is what Senator Capito told MetroNews yesterday:
“Anyone who wishes to immigrate to the United States should do so through the legal process in compliance with our laws,” she said. “I know we can do better than some of the stories of family separation being reported in the news recently, and it’s clear that there is real bipartisan agreement that more needs to be done to secure our borders, strengthen our immigration system, and provide a strong, yet compassionate solution to the immigration challenges facing our country.”
Shorter version: "I'm right behind you, Mr. President."
On yesterday's meeting with Trump about building his wall (see two posts down)
Capito tweeted this last night:
My statement with @SenShelby on our meeting today with @POTUS to discuss funding homeland security priorities: pic.twitter.com/ws9r74Yga2— Shelley Moore Capito (@SenCapito) June 18, 2018
I wonder what would need to happen to get the senator off that page?
1 PM Update -- Yesterday's meeting did not go well
From Politico, the President was not pleased with the outcome of yesterday's meeting:
The president complained in a private meeting that Senate Republicans won’t fully fund his wall — and threatened a shutdown in September. . . .
In a private meeting regarding the wall Monday, Trump fumed to senators and his own staff about the $1.6 billion the Senate is planning to send him this fall, according to two people familiar with the meeting. Trump wants the full $25 billion upfront and doesn’t understand why Congress is going to supply him funds in a piecemeal fashion — even though that’s how the spending process typically works. . . .
On Monday, GOP Sens. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Shelby both tried to explain to Trump that the Senate is merely meeting Mulvaney’s request and has to cut a bipartisan deal with Democrats. The Senate needs 60 votes to pass a spending bill, so Republicans would have to find at least nine Democratic votes.
"We're going to do make a down payment on that working together," said Capito, chairwoman of Homeland Security spending panel.
But Trump has not been mollified. He raised his voice several times in Monday's meeting with Mulvaney, White House staffers and the senators, insisting he needs the full $25 billion — an unlikely outcome in the narrowly divided Senate.
Are you still on the same page, Shelley? Or as Southwest Airlines used to ask: "Wanna get away?"