Not only did Donald Trump fail to get Mexico to fund his wasteful wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but he couldn’t even get Republicans in border states to support it.
As a result, the president appears to be on the verge of giving up altogether, saying that his administration is now looking at delaying the funding fight until sometime this fall when it’ll be even less likely for Congress to allocate money for it.
Tweet via Josh Dawsey of Politico:
White House official confirms Trump told conservative media that administration could delay border wall funding fight until the fall.
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) April 24, 2017
Trump initially backed away from his promise that Mexico would fully fund his wall by saying taxpayers would foot the bill at first and be reimbursed at a later date. Now he can’t even get his funding for the wall from the government he’s in charge of.
This is yet another huge loss for Trump, whose winless streak continues as the 100-day mark approaches – and it’s not just Democrats who are responsible for the latest blow.
According to The Wall Street Journal, “Not a single member of Congress who represents the territory on the southwest border said they support President Donald Trump’s request for $1.4 billion to begin construction of his promised wall.”
“Most lawmakers representing the region—both Democrats and Republicans—said they are opposed,” the report added.
This contradicts Trump’s recent tweet about the wall in which he said only Democrats were opposed to the funding.
The Democrats don’t want money from budget going to border wall despite the fact that it will stop drugs and very bad MS 13 gang members.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2017
Sure, Democrats don’t want the funding because it would be an astounding waste of money and resources when we can use it to, say, send more people to college or expand health care coverage or invest in rebuilding American roads and bridges.
What the president failed to mentioned – no surprise – is that Republicans are just as opposed to it, even those that represent border states.
In such partisan times, it’s promising that members of both parties have come together in agreement on at least one issue – that Trump’s border wall is a stupid proposal and taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook for it.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.