Trump sent out a tweet touting the progress being made toward ending the shutdown. The problem is that none of it was true.
V.P. Mike Pence and group had a productive meeting with the Schumer/Pelosi representatives today. Many details of Border Security were discussed. We are now planning a Steel Barrier rather than concrete. It is both stronger & less obtrusive. Good solution, and made in the U.S.A.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2019
Trump‘s tweet made it sound like progress was being made, but CNN‘s Manu Raju tweeted:
Trump makes it sound like they are moving closer to a deal to reopen government, but multiple people in both parties say no real progress was made to a deal. And Dems continue to insist that govt be reopened first before any border deal, a strategy the WH rejects. https://t.co/uyMFBQBqxP
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 6, 2019
Trump is lying because he is losing
Fox News Sunday grilled Sarah Sanders over the shutdown/a>, and if Trump loses Fox, his base will soon follow. Trump has overestimated the support for his wall. He has overreached, and now he is toying with declaring a national emergency to build his wall because he has no other options left.
Trump is trying to create false hope that the shutdown will end soon because the political pressure is getting to him. There is no progress. The White House will have to reopen the government before Democrats will talk money for border security, and that appropriation will not involve cash for the wall.
Trump is losing, so he is spinning, but he can’t hide the fact that his defeat is inevitable as long as he keeps demanding cash for his wall.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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