Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) withdrew his offer to fund President Donald Trump's proposed border wall on Monday after he was humiliated over being portrayed by a significant portion of the media as the loser in the recent government shutdown showdown.
Unable to face the president, Schumer reportedly had an aide contact the White House to pull the offer, which was for well over $1.6 billion, off the table, according to Politico.
“He called the White House yesterday and said it’s over,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) told the Washington news magazine.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) cast serious doubts on the Democrat's recollection of the meeting that they had with Trump last Friday, which led to a government shutdown, alleging that Schumer and the president made no deal on the wall that Schumer could renege on.
“They claim that some crazy deal was made,” Cotton said of the Democrats at the meeting. “And then when we say no deal was made, they accuse Republicans and the president of reneging.”
The decision by Democrats to play politics with U.S. national security is disturbing, especially considering that an open Southern Border allows drug traffickers and narco-terrorists to operate freely across wide open ranges of land. Statistics released by the Mexican government on Sunday highlight just how bad the drug war in Mexico has become.
There were 25,339 homicides in Mexico last year, a 23% jump from 2016 and the highest number since at least 1997, the year the government began tracking the data. Overall, murders in Mexico had been declining in recent years, reaching a low of 15,520 in 2014. But officials say a surge in drug-related crime reversed that trend.
The most recent DEA National Drug Threat Assessment concluded that Mexican Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) "remain the greatest criminal drug threat to the United States; no other group is currently positioned to challenge them. These TCOs maintain territorial influence over large regions in Mexico used for the cultivation, production, importation, and transportation of illicit drugs."