In a sudden move, Donald Trump has agreed to funding the government until February 15 without getting his money for the wall. So the can gets kicked down the road until February 15 and we get to go through this whole rigmarole again.
BREAKING NEWS: The House and Senate will vote on legislation to reopen the government until Feb. 15. During that period, lawmakers will discuss funds for border security and President Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion for the U.S.-Mexico border wall.
The outcome was a win for Democrats and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who had insisted on no negotiations until the government was reopened.
After delivering his statement (see the link above) where he blathered on about how there would be an unbelievable drop in crime if the wall were built (does anyone, even his supporters, really believe this?), Trump left without taking questions, which is not surprising since this was a big defeat for him.
What prompted this sudden move? Maybe it was the shutting down for a while today of La Guardia airport, one of the busiest in the nation, because of lack of sufficient air traffic controllers. Nothing gets people’s attention than not being able to fly. Also, l4,000 of the 26,000 IRS workers ordered back to work without pay did not show up.
It will be interesting to see what the people whom Trump fears most, the Fox News audience, thinks of Trump’s defeat on this signature issue that has acquired a significance that is completely out of proportion to its actual merits. The early reviews have been brutal. The person whose approval he seems to want most in not a happy camper.
Good news for George Herbert Walker Bush: As of today, he is no longer the biggest wimp ever to serve as President of the United States.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) January 25, 2019
Pelosi is mercilessly mocking Trump.
Pelosi, asked how Trump will handle backdown on reopening government without wall money, gestures toward her office decorations: “we could plant these flowers along the border and he’d say, ‘I got my wall.’ “
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) January 25, 2019
A general consensus quickly emerged that Trump was a big loser.
Though Trump spoke defiantly, the consensus view from officials of both parties on Capitol Hill was the Trump’s clock had been cleaned. The president had insisted to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) that he would not sign any bill to open the government that did not include $5.7 billion in wall funding. But amid sagging poll numbers and partial closures of critical government functions—including, on Friday morning, flights in and out of LaGuardia Airport in New York—Trump committed on Friday to doing just that.
The resolution seemed destined to provide only a brief reprieve from the political acrimony that has paralyzed Washington in recent weeks as it would only last three weeks. Though at a lunch briefing with reporters and columnists on Friday, Pelosi said she felt optimistic that there would not be a shutdown again, owing to the likelihood that Trump will have recognized how politically damaging the current standoff had been.
Prepare your self for one of two options: Trump goes into hiding and sulks or he goes into rage tweeting about anything to take attention away from his ignominious defeat.