Donald Trump says Pelosi ‘controlled by radical left’ in border dispute over shutdown

January 19, 2019 GMT

President Trump said Saturday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is “controlled by the radical left” as he prepared to announce a proposal to end the government shutdown and fund a border wall.

“She’s being controlled by the radical left, which is a problem,” Mr. Trump told reporters at the White House. “I think that’s a very bad thing for her. I think it’s a very bad thing for the Democrats.”

He said of their feud, “Whether it’s personal or not [for her], it’s not personal for me.”

The president is making an announcement at 4 p.m. on a proposed solution to end the shutdown. Axios reported that it will include Mr. Trump’s demand of $5.7 billion for border barriers, and an extension of temporary protections for so-called “Dreamers” and others with temporary protected immigration status.

The president is not expected to declare a national emergency.

Mr. Trump repeated his belief Saturday that “walls work.”

“We need walls,” he said. “You look at different places, they put up a wall, no problems.”