In many ways, it was the cornerstone of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign: He was going to build a wall on the border with Mexico and make our southern neighbors pay for the construction. To his supporters, it sounded like a great idea, until reality caught up with them and their president.
Tuesday morning, Trump was up early and tweeting on the subject of the wall, declaring that he’d have the military build the damn thing, if necessary:
….People do not yet realize how much of the Wall, including really effective renovation, has already been built. If the Democrats do not give us the votes to secure our Country, the Military will build the remaining sections of the Wall. They know how important it is!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 11, 2018
But shortly after a meeting at the White House with Trump that also included Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) quickly let it be known that she doesn’t intend to allocate a penny for the wall. NBC News White House correspondent Geoff Bennett reported:
“Apparently she’s willing to offer six appropriation bills, and then a year-long CR, continuing resolution, that’s a temporary government funding measure for homeland security funding. If the president doesn’t want that, then she would agree to offer a year-long CR for all seven bills, but they won’t budge on this border wall money.”
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) December 11, 2018
And that’s how you play political hardball in Washington, D.C.
It should have been clear to Trump by now that there’s no way Congressional Democrats are going to agree to fund his pet project. Why should they? Didn’t Trump promise he was going to send the tab to Mexico?
Democrats have been incredibly consistent when it comes to the border wall, and they deserve credit for that. And now Trump has painted himself into the proverbial corner, unable to keep a fundamental campaign promise yet realizing that if he doesn’t deliver, his base will be disgusted with him.
Trump’s threat of using the military to build his wall has a fatal flaw: Such a plan still requires money, and he’s not getting any of that from a Democratic House.
Like nearly everything he says, Trump’s bragging about a wall was a blatant lie. This one, however, could well cost him support from his own ardent fans.
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