Trump Reportedly Trying to End Shutdown Without Looking Weak
The government shutdown has reached its 17th day, making it the third-longest shutdown in United States history. There has been little compromise, with Trump saying he “would look foolish” if he accepted a deal from Chuck Schumer.
This concern is still at the top of his mind. The Wall St. Journal is reporting that Trump is looking for ways to end the shutdown without it looking like the Democrats won.
According to the report from Rebecca Ballhaus and Peter Nicholas, “During a private meeting with aides at Camp David on Sunday, Mr. Trump said he wanted them to come up with a resolution to the shutdown fight that would reopen the government without him appearing to have capitulated to Democrats, a person familiar with the meeting said.”
Some Democrats feel that Trump could be changing his tune when it comes to negotiating. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) felt that Trump’s willingness to compromise on the walls material could mean he was ready to negotiate. Coons told Fox News, “I am someone who is willing to see more border fencing as long as we choose a technology that DHS says is going to be effective and I do think his moving towards steel slats rather than concrete wall, if it holds, is important.”
More should be revealed about Trump’s eventual endgame for the shutdown tomorrow. The president will be visiting the Southern Border tomorrow morning. The White House is reportedly asking networks to cover a speech by Trump following the border visit.