Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., on Thursday refuted President Donald Trump, who said earlier that day that Republicans were “wasting their time” in budget negotiations with Democrats.
Trump tweeted Thursday morning that “Republicans on the Homeland Security Committee are wasting their time. Democrats, despite all of the evidence, proof and Caravans coming, are not going to give money to build the DESPERATELY needed WALL. I’ve got you covered. Wall is already being built, I don’t expect much help!”
“No we're not wasting our time,” Capito, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Homeland Security subcommittee, told Hill.TV in an interview.
“I think to have the 17 of us in the room — seasoned appropriators, members that have for many, many, many years worked on the appropriations process and reached compromise on very difficult issues — I don't think we're wasting our time,” she added.
The senator said that Trump “knows we’re not wasting our time,” but he could be trying to move them “into quicker action.”
Capito said that the group’s first meeting suggested that they can “get a conclusion that the president can sign.”
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