America has been in the midst of yet another government shutdown under Tumps reign and it is quickly becoming one of the longest shutdowns in U.S. history.
The government went into shutdown affecting some 800,000 federal workers after Congress refused to pass a bill, giving billions to fund Trump’s famous wall. This, of course, was inevitable. After the midterm elections, in which Republicans took the Senate, but did not win a majority in the House of Representatives, it was only a matter of time until Trump used a shutdown as a publicity stunt.
Trump said that he would not compromise on the funding for the border wall, saying the $5.6 billion is worth the security of the country. Democrats strongly oppose this, stating the wall is “immoral” and will not budge. This, of course, makes it difficult for Trump, as the Democrats have the majority in the House, it will be near to impossible for him to pass any laws, now or in the next two years.
So, the question is, will Trump get his way and give his voters the border wall he so confidently promised?
Well it seems that it’s Trumps way or no way, as he will either “drag” on the shutdown, or decide to declare a national emergency in order to bypass congress.
Pence recently told reporters that the Whitehouse is looking into sidestepping the Democrats resistance to congressional funding, by declaring a national emergency in order to build the wall he pledged to his followers. Pence has been trying to rally House Republican’s to stick with the President, as Democrats will soon vote to reopen parts of the government.
Senators have made it very clear they will not pass any bill or legislation that is not related to reopening the government, and while this seems like a good way to embarrass the President and his political goals, Trump has made it clear he does not feel this is in any way his fault.
He has in fact used this to start a PR war, and at the forefront of this war? Twitter of course. Trump tweeted:
The Whitehouse press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders made a statement saying the President will “meet with those on the front lines of the national security and humanitarian crisis.” meaning, Trump is primed to make a show out of this, and the 9pm address will be the start.
So, is Trump to blame? Well, it seems he is so determined to build his border wall, that he did not in any way mind shutting down the government. This is odd behaviour as in years past, any other President would have avoided a shutdown at all costs. So why not Trump?
We have seen from Trumps previous Tweets and many rants that he does not shy away from a PR war, and certainly knows how to turn any bad situation (ahem, crowd sizes) into a win for him. According to Democrat Chuck Schumer, Tump would “keep the government closed for a very long period of time — months, or even years”. Is this really what a President should be? He should be trying to find the best possible way to pass his bills AND keep the government running. Not purposefully keeping his government gridlocked. Trump even said this himself in 2013:
Even with senior Democrats saying the bill is “Very likely” to fail, Trump is in no way willing to let his precious border wall go. Even if it means keeping innocent people hostage with a government unable to govern.