The move to reopen the government by the president has been met with much criticism, which is why Trump felt the need to address it with voters directly.
Trump reassured Americans over the weekend that after all he has done during this presidency, rest assured, there will be a wall.
After all that I have done for the Military, our great Veterans, Judges (99), Justices (2), Tax & Regulation Cuts, the Economy, Energy, Trade & MUCH MORE, does anybody really think I won’t build the WALL? Done more in first two years than any President! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2019
Democrat Victory Lap
When the government reopened late last Friday, everyone expected Democrats to take a victory lap. But had people been paying attention, they would have realized this is exactly what conservatives had been preaching all along.
Democrats were never concerned about federal workers missing a paycheck.
Their only concern was power. Period.
This was made evident when Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said the Democrats had taught Trump a lesson after the government reopened, and when Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said the president will now learn to never test the unity of the Democrat party again.
But while they were all busy slapping each other on the back, they missed the most important thing: the welfare of American citizens, which is what is really at stake here.
Heavy Lies the Burden
Democrats and critics of Donald Trump have said that federal workers should never be used as pawns. But they didn’t feel the same way when former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama shut down the government.
All three of those shutdowns — which, by the way, were the three longest in our country’s history prior to this one — were very much supported by Democrats.
But Dems weren’t willing to negotiate with Trump this time around — and the president grew increasingly concerned about the hundreds of thousands of hardworking Americans who were not receiving their promised paychecks. That’s why he re-opened the government and gave both parties three weeks to find a solution.
Sadly, but not unexpectedly, Trump’s move was misunderstood by most, including once die-hard Trump supporters, who abandoned the president despite his promises that “if no deal is done, it’s off to the races” in three weeks when the temporary deal to open the government wraps up.
I wish people would read or listen to my words on the Border Wall. This was in no way a concession. It was taking care of millions of people who were getting badly hurt by the Shutdown with the understanding that in 21 days, if no deal is done, it’s off to the races!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2019
Indeed, Trump “caved” to get some paychecks out, but you better believe he has a backup plan in place. Our elected representatives now have until Feb. 15 to put something on the Resolute desk for the president to sign, or he will take matters into his own hands.
In a little more than two weeks, the entire country will see that this president did not cave to Dems. He’s not backing down.