Trump Stung by Failed 100 Days is Playing Chicken With a Government Shutdown
Trump is the opposite of a strategic thinker. Yes, his first 100 days are a dismal failure. But does he think the way to redeem himself with the voters is to shut down the government? Because that’s what he’s pushing for.
He’s trying to strong arm funding for a border wall into the budget-or else. But he has no means to compel Democrats to accept this ultimatum.
“White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said in an interview Sunday with The Washington Post that the president and his advisers remain “strong” in their commitment to securing funding for border security and a wall.”
“This is what the president ran on,” Priebus said. “We want to get to a place this week where border-security money is being directed to the Department of Homeland Security so that we can begin surveillance and preliminary work, and then we will keep working on getting DHS what it needs for the structure.”
Actually, he ran on Mexico paying for it not us.
“In a tweet Sunday, Trump elbowed Democrats who have resisted his call to include wall funding. He chastised them for not wanting “money from the budget going to the border wall despite the fact that it will stop drugs” and gang activity, in his view.”
He’s dreaming if he thinks this makes Democrats feel pressure.
“It remained unclear Sunday whether moderates within the GOP could persuade the White House to avoid a shutdown. Democrats have insisted that they will not vote for any spending bill that gives the White House money or flexibility to begin construction of a border barrier. They believe that the GOP will have to either abandon Trump’s demand or assume political responsibility if a shutdown occurs.”
“The burden to keep it open is on the Republicans,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Building a wall is not an answer. Not here or any place.”
The real divide is not between Trump and the Democrats but Trump and his own party-who just want the government to run.
WH really wants action b/c Trump is pushing them for movement behind scenes, almost hour but hour. But many Hill Rs just want gov to run.
— Robert Costa (@costareports) April 24, 2017
Trump is pushing this as a vanity project so he can point to a legislative win within 100 days.
Clearly he has the right priorities:
— Ashley Parker (@AshleyRParker) April 23, 2017
Trump’s main ability in life as been to repackage failure as success.
If Trump has a genius, it's he understands that people want to be scammed. https://t.co/fAnIs4SMEm
— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) April 23, 2017
Judge Judy wrote a book about that: ‘Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining.’
It does seem to work on his supporters.
P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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