In an effort to negotiate with Trump prior to the government shutdown ending, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) had reportedly offered to put $1.6 billion in funding for Trump’s unpopular border wall on the table in exchange for a deal on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
“During the meeting, in exchange for strong [DACA] protections, I reluctantly put the border wall on the table for the discussion. Even that was not enough to entice the president to finish the deal,” Schumer said from the Senate floor.
Ultimately, the final outcome included neither a DACA deal nor border wall funding. Trump, for his part, touted victory, claiming that Republicans got the government funded, “got” the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funded (despite the fact that Republicans were responsible for letting it lapse in the first place), and didn’t yet have to negotiate a DACA deal.
In a surprise twist, however, Schumer has withdrawn his previous offer to put border wall funding on the table. Per Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), who was involved in the negotiation, Schumer reportedly “took it off.”
“He called the White House yesterday and said it’s over,” Durbin said.
Per Politico, a Democratic aide said that Trump “missed an opportunity to get the wall.”
With CHIP funded and an assurance from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to hold debate on a bill to extend protections for DACA recipients, Democrats are in a good position heading into the next funding deadline of February 8.
It seems that our deal-making president has let yet another one slip through his tiny fingers.