Even before he spoke, however, the deal appeared to be dead on arrival with Democratic leaders. They insisted Trump needs to open the government before beginning any negotiations over border security or barrier funding.

Before the speech, based on initial reports, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Trump’s demands “a compilation of several previously rejected initiatives, each of which is unacceptable.” She added that Trump’s proposal does not “represent a good faith effort to restore certainty to people’s lives.”