Sarah Sanders took to the White House podium Monday afternoon to take a victory lap after Democrats voted to re-open the federal government. Sanders claimed that Democrats had been defeated by the president after capitulating to GOP terms after the three-day shutdown.
At one point in the heated negotiations, Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer said negotiating with Trump is “like negotiating with Jell-O.”
“Hoping to give you the chance to respond to the criticism that Chuck Schumer lobbed turnover the weekend,” a reporter told Sanders Monday. “In addition to saying that … negotiating with [Trump] is like negotiating with Jell-O, today the senator said that the great dealmaker sat on the sidelines. Was it a concerted effort on the president’s part not to reach out to him this weekend?”
Sanders cued up a spoonful for the press room. She said bluntly, “What the president did clearly worked.” She continued:
“The vote just came in 81-18. I would say that those numbers are much more in the president’s favor than in Sen. Schumer’s favor. I’m not sure what changed for him and what he gained other than maybe Nancy Pelosi taking a bunch of [Democratic] members out for dinner to celebrate their shutdown. I’m not sure what other positive things came out of this weekend for Democrats.”
Sanders was referring to a report that Pelosi spent the first night of the shutdown “celebrating” at a fancy D.C. restaurant.