Trump Stumped on Shutdown

The Negotiator

As Politico reports, President Trump is looking for a ripcord to pull in the shutdown fight:

Now that the Senate has shot down President Donald Trump’s compromise offer to end the month-long government shutdown, White House officials aren’t sure of their next move.

But they do know one thing: they’re losing, and they want to cut a deal. [Pols emphasis]…

…Trump’s next move remained a mystery to many West Wing aides even as the White House considered Graham’s proposal Thursday. But with Trump’s approval rating dropping to its lowest point in a year and advisers warning of a rising economic toll from the enduring stalemate, the president and his team are more eager than ever to strike a deal, according to a half dozen sources familiar with the situation.

While the president has previously dangled the threat of a national emergency declaration, he now considers the move a “last resort,” according to a source familiar with his thinking.

As CNN reports, somebody is clearly floating the idea of an emergency declaration:

The White House is preparing a draft proclamation for President Donald Trump to declare a national emergency along the southern border and has identified more than $7 billion in potential funds for his signature border wall should he go that route, according to internal documents reviewed by CNN…

…According to options being considered, the administration could pull: $681 million from Treasury forfeiture funds, $3.6 billion in military construction, $3 billion in Pentagon civil works funds, and $200 million in Department of Homeland Security funds, the official said.

As lawmakers discussed a short-term measure to fund the government Thursday, Trump again raised the prospect of other ways to fund a border wall without congressional approval.

“I have other alternatives if I have to and I’ll use those alternatives if I have to,” he told reporters.

“A lot of people who wants this to happen. The military wants this to happen. This is a virtual invasion of our country,” Trump said. [Pols emphasis]

“A virtual invasion of our country.”

Think, for a moment, about the sheer absurdity of that quote and the desperation it represents. President Trump and the GOP misplayed their hand so terribly in the last six weeks that they may soon pretend that the United States is being invaded in order to re-open the federal government.

3 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Pseudonymous says:

    What’s important is that we elect Democrats…

    For now, the president seems able to count only on Manchin, one of few Congressional Democrats whom Trump views positively. Trump was reluctant to campaign against Manchin during last year’s midterm elections, telling aides en route to a campaign rally against Manchin’s Republican opponent: “I actually like Manchin.”

    Manchin returned the favor on Thursday with his vote – and says if it takes endorsing a national emergency to reopen the government, he’ll back that too. 

    “The president’s emergency? Whatever it takes to open the government. I’m supporting whatever it takes,” Manchin said. Trump, in turn, praised him as a “wonderful man.”

  2. itlduso says:

    Michael Bennet’s fiery speech in the Senate today was just highlighted and applauded by Don Lemon on CNN.

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