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Trump's growing weakness is a powerful threat

Tom Williams  CQPHO Tom Williams CQPHO
Parmenio Sano | 28 Agosto, 2017, 12:38

At his spirited rally in Phoenix, Arizona on August 22nd, President Trump reiterated his threat to shut down the government to force Congress to fund his border wall with Mexico.

'We have offered the U.S. government all the help and cooperation that can be provided by the different Mexican governmental agencies to deal with the impacts of this natural disaster, as good neighbors should always do in times of difficulty'. A majority of Americans also blamed Republicans and the GOP-controlled Congress of causing the shutdown.

"I think we've gotten to the point now where this particular Congress, as well as leadership, has no particular reason to want to assist in a presidential agenda", says Mark Harkins, a congressional analyst with the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University. "Anybody who is surprised by that has not been paying attention for two years".

So, what is Trump up to?


"Wasting tens of billions on a useless and immoral border wall is a nonstarter for Democrats, particularly at a time of such real need in our communities". "We were in a fourteen-alarm fire, so we weren't even really talking about taxes that much, you know what I mean?" By courting a shutdown, Trump can be a champion of both principles.

Overlay Trump's potential intransigence on a Republican Party that has long brought itself to the brink of a shutdown, and you have more factors leading to a shutdown than at any time since, well, the last one. The Texas Republican forced a shutdown in late 2013 despite the plaintive cries of fellow Republicans who were (mistakenly) certain the debacle would doom them to defeat in 2014 and possibly 2016. "Republican will win S!" h wrote.

It is not the first time the President has threatened to shut down the government, tweeting in May that the "country needs a good "shutdown". Trump's threat is to veto any such bill unless it features money for the wall. It's about one-third the length of the Great Wall of China. So now he wants American taxpayers to foot the bill, and last week he threatened to shut down the entire government if Congress doesn't include wall funding in a debt ceiling bill that must be signed into law by September 30, when the government's authorization to spend money runs out. In other words, Trump is ready to do battle, ready to take extreme political risks, on behalf of a wall that he believes is vital to USA national security, and perhaps vital to his own reelection chances. Republicans utilized that wedge for years in other standoffs. "And as with so many of his campaign pledges, he has broken his promise to Americans that they wouldn't pay a dime for this wall". And if there's one thing that base loves more than the wall, it's the prospect of disrupting the government.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, right, is joined by Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., while speaking during a visit to Intel in Hillsboro, Ore., Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017.

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