As we reported yesterday, President Trump felt compelled to walk out of a meeting with Democrat leaders because the negotiations were going nowhere. It was a very revealing moment because it shows that Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have been lying to the American people.
They have repeatedly gone to the cameras and said that they were willing to talk to the president about border security after he opens the government. That was the message their aides gave to Vice President Mike Pence last weekend — no negotiations on security until the government reopens.
Yesterday, being a good negotiator, the president got down to specifics. Trump directly asked Speaker Pelosi whether, if he agreed to open the government as she wants, she would agree to fund the border wall he wants. She said, “No.”
So the negotiations, according Schumer and Pelosi, simply mean that Trump surrenders while they give nothing. There is zero compromise being offered by the Democrats, and that is why the president walked out.
Sadly, Republicans don’t have a good track record on shutdown fights. Democrats and their media allies know that. But the worst possible outcome is to go through this battle, take all the hits and bruises for it, only to surrender and walk away empty handed.
I don’t think this president will do that.
Earlier this week, Vice President Pence held a private meeting to buck up wavering House Republicans. Asked about the possibility of Trump backing down, Pence replied, “That pickup ain’t got reverse in it.”
I’m glad to hear it! If anything is worth this fight, it’s the security of our borders.
I was also pleased to hear that Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who doesn’t have the best track record on immigration-related issues, is standing firmly behind the president. Graham told Sean Hannity:
“This is the best chance we’ll ever have to help President Trump get border wall funding, steel barrier funding, and at the same time, fix the loopholes.
“The only way we’ll lose is to give in. If we stand firm . . . we will win this on behalf of the American people. But, if we undercut the president, that’s the end of his presidency, and the end of our party. And we deserve to be punished if we give in now.”
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