GOP lawmaker responds to Trump: Negotiators ‘not wasting our time’

A GOP lawmaker is shooting back at President TrumpDonald John TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' MORE, saying Democrats and Republicans seeking to negotiate a border security to deal and avert a second shutdown are not wasting their time

“No we're not wasting our time,” GOP Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoThis week: House jump-starts effort to prevent shutdown Congress set to ignore Trump's wall request in stopgap measure America is in desperate need of infrastructure investment: Senate highway bill a step in the right direction MORE (W.Va.) told Hill.TV in an interview on Wednesday. 

“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,” said Capito, chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Homeland Security subcommittee.

Trump earlier in the day wrote that Republicans on the panel were “wasting their time” and that Democrats would not provide money “the desperately needed wall.” 

Capito said Trump “knows we’re not wasting our time,” but that he may be trying to push lawmakers “into quicker action.” 

Capito came away from Wednesday afternoon’s first meeting optimistic that the group will “get a conclusion that the president can sign.”

—Molly K. Hooper