Sometimes watching President Trump negotiate is a thing to behold. This morning on Fox News, I saw him shift from a concrete border wall to one made of steel. The government is shut down which I consider a good thing at this point and talks are ensuing over national border security funding… primarily over a wall.
Trump is a sly fox. He is now proposing a see-through steel barrier along the border, taking ‘the wall’ nomenclature away from the Democrats. If the left falls for it, they can still claim victory while in essence giving Trump exactly what he wants. The White House is also throwing in appropriations requests for humanitarian assistance dollars within a comprehensive border security package.
Meh, I’d rather have a concrete wall with watchtowers, checkpoints, barbed wire, and technology. But it’s a start. We are now in the 17th day of the shutdown and each day will get more and more tense here. The White House is demanding 5.7 billion dollars in border wall funding with Democratic lawmakers saying they will offer no more than 1.3 billion, and requiring a stipulation that no funds can go towards a wall. If there was justice in America these days that would get every leftist kicked out of office.
Today we made it crystal clear in a letter to Congress what it would take to address the illegal border crossing and humanitarian crisis by securing our nations border.
— Russ Vought (@RussVought45) January 7, 2019
Officials at the White House told The Daily Caller the request for humanitarian assistance underscores the left’s desire to emphasize the human toll of the ongoing arrival of thousands of Central-American migrants at the US Mexico border.
Trump has been very clear that he wants to stop the flood of drugs and criminals into the US. Americans have had enough of this insanity.
From The Daily Wire:
Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney also noted the perceived political benefit of calling for a steel barrier to NBC News saying Sunday, “If he has to give up a concrete wall, replace it with a steel fence in order to do that so that Democrats can say, ‘See? He’s not building a wall anymore,’ that should help us move in the right direction.”
Vice President Mike Pence, advisor Jared Kushner, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen led a working group with Democratic negotiators over the weekend, though no major breakthroughs were announced. The working group was established after two contentious meetings between Trump and congressional leaders at the White House last week.
White House officials said another meeting with Congressional leadership is expected in the coming days aimed at slowly coming to a deal that would end the partial government shutdown. Nonetheless, Mulvaney sought to display any hopes that the shutdown could end quickly to NBC News saying the shutdown is “going to drag on a lot longer.”
Trump himself Friday told Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer that he was prepared to let the shutdown last “months or even years” if necessary.
I personally think the Democrats are going to let this drag out as long as they can in an effort to make Trump look bad. It will bite them in the behind though.
Trump’s plan may work if the left perceives that their paychecks are in danger… but most likely, they’ll just dig in their heels here. Just build the wall already as a national emergency issue. Americans would love that.