In a stunning development Tuesday morning, Politico reports that Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer called the White House yesterday to inform the president that he would be retracting his offer to fund the ill-fated border wall that was Trump’s signature campaign promise.
Some on the left had seen Schumer’s offer, which ended up being more than was necessary in order to secure the “deal” that Trump said he’d make for DREAMers, as pre-capitulation to a president and a party that likely had no intention of making good on any promises they made during budget negotiations. The bargain was struck during Friday’s so-called “cheeseburger summit” that Trump publicly lauded due to what he thought he was getting out of it. That was all before the shutdown vote, though.
Schumer, apparently, has come to the same conclusion: That Republicans just can’t be trusted to follow through. And now that the continuing budget resolution has been agreed on — and doesn’t contain direct action on DACA, but merely the promise of an “up-or-down-vote” — Chuck Schumer has withdrawn the offer for funding. If Donald Trump was looking for a win to show his base with the end of the shutdown, surely the loss of the border wall more than offsets his progress.
The report, which made its way to Trump through a White House aide, has been confirmed by at least two Democrats, one of whom was present for Trump’s now-infamous “shithole” remarks, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin:
He called the White House yesterday and said it’s over.”
Now that Trump has no promise of any support from Democrats on his border wall — essentially moving the entire discussion back a full year — there is no telling what he will or will not sign when budget negotiations resurface in three weeks’ time.
And with the majority Tea Party Republicans in the House, it’s unlikely Trump will get almost anything he wants in the end, if he has to negotiate for it.
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