President Donald Trump is doing all he can to blow up border security spending talks. But few people on Capitol Hill are listening.
Lawmakers and aides from both parties are plowing ahead with negotiations this weekend, ignoring Trump’s growing public disgust for a closed-door process that is increasingly unlikely to deliver a border wall.
The group can reach a deal to stave off another shutdown, several lawmakers and aides said, if only the president would butt out.
“With all due respect to the president, I really have stopped now listening to what he says,” Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas, one of the Democratic members of the conference committee, said in an interview Friday. “The things that the president says [are] not helpful to the process. It’s not respectful to our efforts.”
In the past two days, Trump has repeatedly trashed the bipartisan committee tasked with reaching a border security deal and hinted he’s likely to circumvent Congress and build his border wall, anyway.