On Friday, President Donald Trump endorsed a short-term spending bill to end the ongoing partial government shutdown, and it wasn’t long before the Democrats began declaring victory and mocking him. That’s when White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stepped in to make them regret it.
President Donald Trump endorsed a short-term spending bill on Friday to end the ongoing partial government shutdown which began over a dispute surrounding border wall funding on December 22. Trump had previously threatened to veto any spending bills that didn’t include funding for a border wall.
The Senate later failed to pass two competing bills to end the shutdown on Thursday. Subsequently, the president on Friday announced that he was endorsing a short-term spending bill to end the shutdown. Trump also thanked government employees for their dedication and hard work.
“I am very proud to announce today that we have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the government,” Trump told reporters outside the White House. “In a short while, I will sign a bill to reopen the government for three weeks until February 15. I will make sure federal employees receive their back pay very quickly or as soon as possible. It will happen fast.”
Trump announced his support for the short-term spending bill with the record-long shutdown causing increased problems. Hundreds of thousands of furloughed workers missed their second paycheck, airport security has suffered personnel issues, and uncertainty had been created in the economy.
President Donald Trump issued a compromise offer to end the shutdown during a speech on January 19. Senate Republicans brought the proposed deal up in a bill that would exchange border wall funding for deportation protections that cover the immigrant group known as dreamers.
But the bill failed alongside an alternative proposal from the Democrats. [Source: LifeZette]
“I know the pain this has caused for many Kentuckians and people across this country,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). “They deserve this resolution. So going forward, I hope our Democratic friends will stay true to their commitment they stated constantly over the past weeks, that once government was reopened, they’d be perfectly willing to negotiate in good faith on a full-year government funding bill that will include a significant investment in urgently needed border security measures, including physical barriers.”
But the Democrats have only mocked Trump for ending the partial shutdown, showing absolutely no good faith that they are willing to negotiate now that the government is open once again. Apparently, they think they’ve won this fight. However, they couldn’t be more wrong.
“In 21 days President @realDonaldTrump is moving forward [on] building the wall with or without the Democrats,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “The only outstanding question is whether the Democrats want something or nothing.”
In 21 days President @realDonaldTrump is moving forward building the wall with or without the Democrats. The only outstanding question is whether the Democrats want something or nothing https://t.co/dMaDfBOIuT
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) January 26, 2019
Indeed, Trump is going to get his wall come hell or high water. It appears that his plan is to declare a national emergency in order to use military funds to get it built if the Democrats refuse to cooperate. This is well within his legal powers, and if the Democrats force his hand, you better believe he is willing to take drastic measures.
If President Trump is forced to declare a national emergency in order to get the wall built, he will have gotten his way and the Democrats will have walked away empty-handed. It is in their best interest to work with him, especially as he has offered temporary protection for DACA recipients in exchange for a measly $5.7 billion in funding.
Will Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi really be stubborn enough to pass up this opportunity and walk away with nothing? At this point, I wouldn’t put it past them.