President Donald Trump is slowly but steadily getting ready to accept an agreement: no second government shutdown, and take less money than he had demanded for his border wall. In what seems like an exasperated defeat, Trump informed that he would contemplate on the plan, and confirmed there won’t be another government shutdown.
Not someone to accept defeat so easily, Trump reiterated that he still intends to raise more money for the border wall by raiding other national means. In his trademark blunt style, he said, “I can’t say I’m happy. I can’t say I’m thrilled.”
Needless to say, it is a fiasco of sorts after all the noise around the funding for the border wall; the government was shut down for over a month, with the President trying arm-twisting tactics to make lawmakers accept his whimsical plan.
The deal is now worked out by Congress negotiators from Democratic and Republican parties, who are trying to find a middle ground to negotiate Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion for the Mexico border wall. In December last year, Trump brought the US into a standstill by forcing a 35-day partial shutdown that left thousands of federal workers without payments. It is quite unlikely Washington is in a mood for a repeat of the administrative disaster. Importantly, Trump is under mounting pressure from Republicans, his own party, to grab whatever is on the table.
Lawmakers agreed on Monday evening that $1.4 billion for the border wall would be sanctioned. According to the deal, an 88 km-long fence would come up with metal slats, instead of the 345 km-barrier Trump had demanded in December.
Republican lawmakers are keen on their leader Trump closing the deal with a sign.
Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader said: “I hope he signs the bill.” Richard Shelby, an Alabama Republican, is hopeful that the President Trump will support their plea. “We believe from our dealings with them and the latitude they’ve given us, they will support it,” he said.
Not all Republicans were hopeful about Trump going by what the Congress would decide. Senator John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, said: “My impression flying back with him from El Paso last night is that he thinks it’s pretty thin gruel.” If President Trump rejects the deal, there would arise mayhem, as the negotiators have no plan to fall back upon. At a cabinet meeting on Friday, Trump negated yet another shutdown. “I don’t think it’s going to happen,” he confirmed.
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