BORDER/CHUCK SCHUMER/DHS/SPENDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WALL: “Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) slammed President Donald Trump Thursday [11-29-18] for holding up spending talks and offered his own hard line as a fight over Trump’s border wall heats up. Schumer said Trump could either accept a bipartisan bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security or simply extend existing funding levels for one more year, a disappointment for a president who wants to increase border security spending…Congress has until Dec. 7 to avoid a partial government shutdown, with funding for Trump’s border wall the biggest issue. The president has asked that Congress provide $5 billion for the wall, far higher than Democrats support. In his speech, Schumer blasted the Trump administration for not spending the $1.3 billion Congress already allocated for border security and accused the president of ‘trying to manufacture a shutdown to fire up his own base.’”

Marianne Levine and Sarah Ferris, “Schumer blames Trump for impasse as shutdown looms,” Politico, November 29, 2018 5:09 pm