Thu Jan 24, 2019 AT 1:23 PM EST
Grassroots Republicans are sticking with President Donald Trump as an historic partial shutdown of the federal government continues with no end in sight amid a partisan spat over immigration.
That was the consensus report from Republican National Committee members Wednesday as they gathered from around the country for an annual winter business meeting. In interviews, they said committed Republicans in their communities back Trump and his demand for billions in border wall funding in exchange for re-opening the government. Democrats are refusing, insisting Trump end the shutdown before they agree to negotiate on immigration policy.
“Among the grassroots Republicans that I know, they’re right behind the president. They don’t want him to give in at all. The money he’s asking for, for the wall, is pocket change. It’s lunch money,” Peter Goldberg, the RNC committeeman from Alaska, told the Washington Examiner.
“The Democrats are not willing to negotiate,” added Glenn McCall, the RNC committeeman from South Carolina. Read Full Story at the Washington Examiner