GOP rep: Dems think negotiating with Trump ‘like compromising with the devil’

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said Democrats have backed themselves into a corner in negotiations to end a record-long partial government shutdown, suggesting any compromise with President TrumpDonald John TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border MORE would anger the party’s base.

“Any compromise with President Trump Is going to look like a surrender. And Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiKids confront Feinstein over Green New Deal Can progressives govern? Dems plan hearing on emergency declaration's impact on military MORE made it very difficult when she said that a wall is amoral. Because once you say something is a moral, how can you possibly compromise?” King said on John Catsimatidis’ radio show.

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“The fear is, among the Democratic leadership, if they make any agreement with President Trump it’s like compromising with the devil. They are the most extreme, left-wing progressive element now in their party. And it has a disproportionate influence on the party. And it’s really at a time to say no to the progressive left wing.”

The White House and congressional Democrats are currently at an impasse in negotiations to end a partial government shutdown that entered its 30th day Sunday.

Democrats Saturday rejected a proposal from the president that would temporarily extend protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipients and introduce legislation extending the legal status of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders in exchange for his requested $5.7 billion for a border wall. 

“[H]is proposal is a compilation of several previously rejected initiatives, each of which is unacceptable and in total, do not represent a good faith effort to restore certainty to people’s lives.  It is unlikely that any one of these provisions alone would pass the House, and taken together, they are a non-starter,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement Saturday.

King urged Democrats and the White House to continue negotiating, suggesting meeting in the middle on border wall funding while including a DACA fix. 

“The easiest [compromise] would be for the Democrats to give President Trump $3 to $4 billion for the wall… Republicans give the Democrats the Dreamers,” he said. “It should all be on the table.”