It’s 2019 and Trump hasn’t budged an inch on the issue of the Mexican-American border wall. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t willing to compromise; in fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Just yesterday, the President tweeted a desire to work with Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders to “make a deal.” Here’s what we know and what he may have been gunning for.
- The President seemed in a generous mood the morning he sent out the tweet. “Border Security and the Wall “thing” and Shutdown is not where Nancy Pelosi wanted to start her tenure as Speaker!,” it reads. “Let’s make a deal?”
- Trump clearly isn’t going to back down – after all, he was willing to take it far enough to force a government shutdown in late December. But his willingness to work with the other side has been surprising for Democrats, who love to paint him as an evil dictator even though it isn’t true.
- In fact, just a few weeks ago, Trump hedged his support for Pelosi as Speaker of the House. His tweets then purported that she had “earned it” and encouraged her to develop a close working relationship with him. Pelosi will officially step into office on January 3, 2019.
- Pelosi, of course, hasn’t been as magnanimous or willing to compromise. Or, at least, she isn’t showing that kind of face to the public; if she were, we wouldn’t have had a government shutdown in the first place.
- We digress; getting back to the current issue shows that Pelosi is more likely to side with House Democrats. The Left have staunchly refused to provide the $5 billion needed to fund the wall. Instead, they’re offering to maintain Homeland Security funding at current levels, adding around $1.3 billion for border security specifically. That’s not even enough to start the wall.
- A meeting will allegedly be held on Wednesday to determine the fate of the new $1.3 billion Democratic spending bill. But Trump isn’t likely to accept it, nor are Republican leaders like Mitch McConnell. This could essentially leave the conversation dead in the water once again.
- In fact, McConnell’s representative, Donald Stewart, confirmed that the GOP’s support hinges on Trump’s acceptance of the bill. “It’s simple,” he said. “The Senate is not going to send something to the president that he won’t sign.”
President Trump did a good job of summing up how many of us have been feeling about the whole issue a short time later in the day. “One thing has now been proven,” he writes. “The Democrats do not care about open borders and all of the crime and drugs that open borders bring!”