Trump admitted to news anchors that his Oval Office speech and his trip to the border were and are a pointless waste of time.
The New York Times reported:
Yet privately, Mr. Trump dismissed his own new strategy as pointless. In an off-the-record lunch with television anchors hours before the address, he made clear in blunt terms that he was not inclined to give the speech or go to Texas, but was talked into it by advisers, according to two people briefed on the discussion who asked not to be identified sharing details.
“It’s not going to change a damn thing, but I’m still doing it,” Mr. Trump said of the trip to the border, according to one of the people, who was in the room. The border trip was just a photo opportunity, he said. “But,” he added, gesturing at his communications aides, Bill Shine, Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kellyanne Conway, “these people behind you say it’s worth it.”
This Explains Why Trump’s Speech Was So Terrible
Disconnected and disinterested Trump gave the speech from the Oval Office because the president thought that the idea was a waste of time, and he was right. The speech was a waste of time. Trump put zero effort into it, just as he does every single time he is forced to do something that he doesn’t want to do.
Trump’s speech was horrible. Pelosi and Schumer took him to school with the Democratic response. Reality seems to be slowing sinking in. Trump isn’t going to win this shutdown. He isn’t going to get his wall. Democrats aren’t going to budge. Trump really doesn’t care about the border wall. It is a gimmick to keep his supporters engaged and the campaign donations rolling in.
The president is trapped by his own campaign promise.
Trump is defeated, and he doesn’t even want to try anymore.
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Jason is the managing editor. He is also a 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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