He enjoys the support of 90 percent of all Republicans and 93 percent of Republican women. His State of the Union speech gained approval from 76 percent of Americans, and 72 percent said they preferred Trump’s approach to border policy over that of the Democrats.
On top of that, on Monday night, tens of thousands turned out in El Paso to try to squeeze into a 6,500-seat arena to hear Trump talk about the border and his plans for America’s future.
But according to the mainstream media, the border deal reached by a bipartisan, bicameral group of Members of Congress to avert another government shutdown is a complete loss for Trump that he will be forced to accept because of lack of support.
Never mind that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had vowed last week and before not to approve any funding for a border wall, and the committee agreed to 55 miles of new wall, which the New York Times noted in “With Shutdown Looming, Border Deal is Reached ‘in Principle’” by Emily Cochrane and Glenn Thrush, was “10 miles less than negotiators agreed on last summer, before Democrats took control of the House.
The Times also reported that lawmakers had “agreed to adhere to levels, set by a number of detention beds, established in the previous budget,” although it acknowledged the provision “could have no impact on the number of beds ICE assigned for detainees.”
This marked essentially another defeat for Democrats who, according to the Times, had “pushed hard” under pressure from immigration groups, “hoping to leverage White House fears of another damaging shutdown into a softening of the president’s hard-line immigration policies that they say have torn apart families, wrenched productive workers from the communities they have lived in for years and infused a heartlessness into official American immigration policy.”
The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake noted in “Trump’s failed shutdown strategy produced an even worse deal than he started with” – subhead: The fact that Republicans signed off shows how little leverage they have” – that Trump had known about the deal for at least 12 hours and not given his endorsement.
“That may be because the deal is a pretty bitter pill to swallow,” Blake wrote. “In fact, it’s probably a worse deal than Trump would have gotten if he had never shut down the government in the first place.”
This is manifestly not true. There was no wall funding offered by Democrats until after the shutdown when it appeared public opinion was turning against them.
Blake admits that $1.375 billion for the wall – or 55 miles of wall – was “well shy of the $5.7 billion and 200 miles in wall funding he demanded that led to the shutdown, but it’s not nothing.”
But for Trump to argue he got something out of the shutdown is true “only if you ignore two very important things,” Blake wrote.
He contends the total beds available for attendees was decreased, though, again, Democrat aides admit this is meaningless, and that this new deal involves less money than “the original deal Republicans and Democrats reached last year that Trump rejected.”
Blake followed with a quote from Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a key Trump ally and chairman of the influential House Freedom Conference, saying “This does not represent a fraction of what the president has promised the American people … I don’t speak for the president, but I can’t imagine he will be applauding something so lacking.”
He then says, without evidence, that “even Meadows has conceded that Trump has almost no leverage left in this shutdown debate.” And “without that, Democrats have no reason to make concessions.”