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Conway: Trump Will Talk Immigration After Dems End Shutdown

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By    |   Monday, 22 Jan 2018 09:49 AM

President Donald Trump is not demanding that a border wall be part of negotiations for a continuing resolution to end the government shutdown, and he will talk about the wall and immigration after an agreement is reached, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway said Monday.

"The president has not injected the wall into the continuing resolution," Conway told Fox News' "Fox & Friends."

"The president is not the one introducing the immigration issue, getting in the way of our military spouses getting their checks this week, this month."

Instead, talk about the border wall will "come after the continuing resolution is passed," Conway told the program.

Trump is also open to negotiating on immigration and getting a comprehensive bill passed, but only "after the Democrats reopen the government. They shut down the government for an unrelated issue, and this is on them."

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has said he offered to include border wall funding in an immigration bill to reach compromise on a continuing resolution, but Trump refused that plan.

Conway responded that the president is always willing to "negotiate with people who come in good faith, but people have to stop thinking that they heard what they wanted to hear rather than what they needed to hear."

Further, she said, if Schumer wants to offer the wall funding publicly or one-on-one, "he should do that, and it should be reasonable. It also should be unconnected from the CR."

Conway also commented on a story in The New York Times claiming that part of the problem with coming to an agreement is that the president and his staff are fractured.

"More importantly, the staff is on the same page with the president," said Conway. "He's the one who got elected. I can't think of anybody who's more explicit about their position on immigration. It has simply never changed. . . he wants that wall."

Conway on Monday also defended the decision to put the matter of the shutdown on the White House's voicemail, after the Fox News program played a recording of it.

According to the recording, the message now says: "Thank you for calling the White House. Unfortunately, we cannot answer your call today because congressional Democrats are holding government funding including funding for our troops and other national security priorities hostage to an unrelated Immigration debate."

"Well, what's not true about that?" Conway said. "Everything in there is true. We know that because just last night the Senate said they'll vote at noon today...basically [Senate Majority] Leader [Mitch] McConnell needs about seven or eight other Democrats who voted no the other night to vote yes."

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