President Trump Uses an Ambush Interview To Tell Schumer and Pelosi That He Will Shut Down the Government If They Won’t Fund a Border Wall
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Today was the day of the big meeting between President Trump, incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer. I don't know what the overall objective was supposed to be, but what happened was great theater.
The three leaders pointed fingers, raised their voices and interrupted each other repeatedly as they fought over policy and politics.
Schumer lectured Trump that “Elections have consequences, Mr. President.”
Trump claimed that, because she is working to nail down the votes to become speaker, “Nancy’s in a siutation where it’s not easy for her to talk right now.”
Pelosi answered: “Please don’t characterize the strength that I bring to this meeting.”
Pelosi repeatedly asked the president to take the encounter off-camera but it continued for nearly 20 rancorous minutes before Trump ejected the media.
“We came in here in good faith and we are entering into this kind of a discussion in the public view,” she said during the meeting’s public portion.
Pelosi and Schumer both implored Trump not to shutdown the government. Trump initially said he didn’t want a shutdown either but in the end announced that he did.
“I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck,” Trump said, insisting the public doesn’t want criminals and others coming into the country. “I’m going to shut it down for border securty.”
“We believe you shouldn’t shut it down,” Schumer said.
“I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck,” Trump said.
This would be my take on the issue. First, this is a 60-Minutes style ambush interview. Trump waited until he got them on camera to hit them with this. This was a pre-emptive strike and burning them like this was focused on the 2020 election, not on the next session of Congress. Second, Trump has decided that the next two years will be partisan trench warfare with the Democrats as they try to impeach him. This is notice that he won’t cooperate on some issues with the Democrats while he is being hunted by them; it is a declaration of, as the saying goes, war to the knife. When this issue passes, he’ll find another one to fight them on.
If you think nothing got done by Congress during the last two years, just wait until the next two.
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