Trump Backing Off Demands to Include Wall Funding in Budget

From Fox News, 4-25-17:


President Trump began to edge away Monday evening from demanding that funding for his promised border wall be included in a must-pass spending bill, reducing the chances of a government shutdown at the end of the week by making clear he’s flexible on that timeline.

Trump told a group of 20 conservative media reporters Monday evening that he would be willing to return to the wall funding issue in September, two people in the meeting said. His earlier demand that it be included represented a significant impasse in budget talks, and the latest comments potentially could pave the way for a bipartisan deal just days ahead of the government shutdown deadline.

White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway confirmed to “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning that the wall does not need to be funded this week, but she said it remains a “very important priority to [Trump].”

“Building that wall and having it funded remains an important priority to him, but we also know that that can happen later this year and into next year,” she said.

Trump also took to Twitter Tuesday morning to make clear that his overall position has not changed.

“Don’t let the fake media tell you that I have changed my position on the WALL. It will get built and help stop drugs, human trafficking etc,” he wrote.

Chuck Schumer said “It’s good for the country that President Trump is taking the wall off the table in these negotiations.  Now the bipartisan and bicameral negotiators can continue working on the outstanding issues.”

Nancy Pelosi also praised Trump’s announcement, calling it “welcomed news given the bipartisan opposition to the wall.”


By headlining Trump’s change of heart as ‘flexibility,’ Fox is attempting to make him look good, instead of stating the fact that is a concession on his part. The reason he conceded on the inclusion of the wall is because he doesn’t want to take a chance that a government shutdown happens on his watch.

While that may be a smart move and knowing how Congress drags their feet, a better move would have been to meet with key budget people and figure out a way to do it all. Those departmental budget cuts he wants should be an important factor and should free up money for the wall. That’s assuming Paul Ryan, et al actually come up with a new budget rather than copying and pasting the last one, as he did with the healthcare bill.

The bottom line is this – when Trump gets praise from the Dems, it means he’s going the wrong way.


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6 replies

  1. That’s a fact, Kathy. When the democrats, especially Chuck Schumer, compliments Trump, we know that he screwed up badly.


  2. >>”…when Trump gets praise from the Dems, it means he’s going the wrong way.”

    It sure does, Kathy.

    I thought I heard or read that the budget includes increased spending for border agents and for deportations. If that’s true and if border crossings are also down, the Trump administration may be able to attack the illegal problem in ways not requiring the wall, so they’ve decided not to die on that hill just yet. Even so the optics of the “great dealmaker” caving to the Democrats on his number one campaign promise are terrible.

    All we need now is a failure on tax reform and we’ll have a hat trick.


    • I read that Trump wants an increase of 2.8 billion in the DHS budget, with 2.6 of that going to increase border security, technology and infrastructure, including the early stages of a wall, but if he’s okay with taking the wall out of the budget, then those numbers could change.

      In order to make deals, you have to talk to the involved parties. It seems to me the dealmakers are in the House and the Senate, so unless Trump is meeting with members to work out some details, then, as they say, these guys got game. That means Trump’s just making suggestions from the sideline, which he seems all to eager to withdraw at the slightest threat from Schumer and Co.


      • It’s a tricky problem, I’ll give Trump that much. I honestly don’t think any amount of talking is going to win over Democrats on building the wall, at least not yet. In order to negotiate you have to have something the other party wants. Since Democrats and Republicans alike (including those in the Trump administration) have cemented the notion in Americans’ minds that any gov’t shutdown is (1) a catastrophe; and (2) the Republicans fault, Trump has zero leverage.

        Politics is a chess match to Democrats and they’ve learned to think at least a few moves ahead. You find a way to put your opponent on defense and then you block his every move. You can see it in the smugness on Schumer’s ugly face that he knows he’s got Trump on this one, especially since public support of the wall is waning. That’s what makes Ted Cruz’s suggestion for paying for the wall with drug lord’s money so awesome. In addition to taking away the Dems leverage it would be deliciously ironic.

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  3. I sure agree with you, Kathy. When Trump gets praise from the likes of Schumer and Pelosi, we Americans are in big trouble.

    I think he could fund the wall just by projecting the cut in budgeted money needed for the welfare, feeding, schooling, health care and housing of illegals. Read that a someone said the illegal crossings were down NINETY PERCENT!


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