The hapless Democrats think they have Trump on the ropes and they think they can squeeze him on the border wall. They are wrong and in fact, it is Trump who holds the cards.
He knows he won’t get much done, save infrastructure, on the legislative front with Pelosi in charge of the Democrats so he can afford to stare her down on the wall.
It is now or never and he knows it. Pelosi, a true bureaucrat at heart, will despair the shutdown more than most and will find a way to save face and end it.
But it may take a while after Chuck and Nancy’s disgraceful performance today at the White House.
From The Daily Caller: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy echoed this version of events to reporters outside the White House immediately after the briefing, saying “once the secretary started, Schumer interrupted her and didn’t want to hear it.”
The White House official told TheDC that both Pelosi and Schumer refused to hear out Nielsen’s briefing and instead advocated for two solutions to end the government shutdown. Neither of the Democratic options would provide the additional funding for border security requested by The White House.
Representatives for Pelosi and Schumer did not respond to requests for comment.
Pelosi gave away her hand in an interview to be aired tomorrow when she admitted it was a waste of Trump’s time to even meet with her. From The Hill:
Likely next House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) reaffirmed that Democrats will not give in to President Trump’s demand for $5 billion for a border wall as part of any legislation to end a partial government shutdown.
“Nothing for the wall,” she said in an interview for NBC’s “Today” show set to air Thursday morning.
Democrats, who will officially take the House majority on Thursday, have repeatedly said they will not include any funding for a border wall as part of a spending bill to end the shutdown, which entered its 12th day Wednesday.
Pelosi and other congressional leaders huddled with the president at the White House Wednesday for an ultimately fruitless negotiation to try to bridge the differences between the two ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.
However, Trump has shown no signs of letting up on his desire to attain funding for his signature campaign promise, saying at a Cabinet meeting Wednesday, “The United States needs a physical barrier. It needs a wall,” adding that parts of the government will remain closed for “as long as it takes.”
Democrats plan to vote on legislation Thursday that would end the shutdown, but without border wall money.
“We are asking the president to open up the government,” Pelosi said outside the White House following Wednesday’s meeting. “We are giving him a Republican path to do that. Why would he not do it?”