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President Trump had a meeting scheduled today with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. It probably didn’t go as bad as it could have gone but it didn’t go well.

A White House meeting between President Trump and congressional leaders ended abruptly on Wednesday after Democrats again rejected the president’s demand for more than $5 billion to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The question is who will feel pain first. With about 70% of the government open and the administration following a strategy of keeping open those functions which have the greatest public relations impact, there is very little pressure on Trump to deal. Conversely, the people out of work are largely people living in heavily Democrat areas (like suburban MD, VA and the District of Columbia). I don’t think this intransigence by Trump is going to hurt him no matter how much Schumer and Pelosi try to make themselves seem reasonable. The bottom line is that no matter what spin they put on it, Trump walked away because the Democrats refused to negotiate. Trump, it seems to me, is following the first basic rule of negotiations, which is never enter into one you can’t walk away from.

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