Trump denies Republicans divided, touts GOP unity

Trump denies Republicans divided, touts GOP unity

President Donald Trump visits Capitol Hill during the government shutdown, January 9, 2019, (Photo ©2019 Doug Christian)
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence met with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill on Jan. 9, 19. (Photo ©2019 Doug Christian/TMN)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump dismissed claims that Republicans are divided as a partial government shutdown that ensued due to a dispute over border wall funding stretched into its 18th day.

“We have a very very unified party. [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch [McConnell] has been fantastic. Everybody in the room was fantastic. There was no reason for me even to be there,” Trump told reporters on Capitol Hill following a closed-door meeting he and Vice President Mike Pence attended with Senate Republicans on Wednesday afternoon.

Heading into the meeting Trump was asked about comments by several Senate Republicans who called for an end to the shutdown. They include Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Cory Gardner of Colorado.

“We have tremendous Republican support. I don’t think the Democrats have great support because they all know we need border security. We need to have people stop being killed at our border and the Democrats are losing a lot of support,” Trump said.

Democrats oppose the wall and have instead offered $1.3 billion for border security. The administration has rejected the proposal.

Trump is scheduled to meet with a group of bipartisan congressional leaders at the White House today at 3 p.m. EDT. He is scheduled to visit the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday.

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