WASHINGTON | Trump says he has 'no idea' if deal can be made with Pelosi

WASHINGTON | Trump says he has ‘no idea’ if deal can be made with Pelosi

WASHINGTON —January 12, 2019— President Donald Trump is pushing back against the idea that he doesn’t have a strategy to end the partial government shutdown, now into its fourth week.

At the same time he’s not saying what his strategy is.

Trump tells Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro that he has “no idea” whether he can get a deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who opposes spending money on what she calls an “ineffective, wasteful wall” along the U.S. southern border. Funding for the border wall remains the sticking point in passing budgets to reopen the government.

Trump continues to hold out the possibility he will declare a national emergency to build the wall without congressional approval. Asked why he hasn’t, he tells Fox News that he’s giving Congress a chance to “act responsibly.”

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, LISA MASCARO, JILL COLVIN and DARLENE SUPERVILLE , Associated Press