by George Rasley
President Trump surprised White House reporters Tuesday by calling them into the Oval Office conversation with Democrats that was originally designated as closed to the press. During the debate, both House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer protested that it was taking place on camera.
“Let’s debate in private,” said the Senate’s Democratic Minority Leader Senator Charles Schumer of New York after President Trump opened his meeting on border security to the media.
“We came in here in good faith and we’re entering into this kind of a discussion in the public view,” said a very unhappy soon-to-be Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of California. “I don’t think you should have a debate in front of the press,” she said.
“But it’s not bad, Nancy. It’s called transparency,” said a very happy President Donald J. Trump.
Yesterday’s meeting between President Trump, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was an awesome display of how Trump can win the battle for the Wall, simply by sticking to his guns.
Naturally, the establishment media would like to convince you and the rest of America that Trump is being unreasonable, but as anyone who has been watching TV coverage of the Central American migrant caravan and its attempts to force the border can attest, Trump’s demand for a border security wall is entirely reasonable – indeed it is the only reasonable first step toward real border security.
And careful listeners to yesterday’s Oval Office drama will recognize that Pelosi and Schumer weren’t there to strike a deal for effective border security – they were there to deliver a political coup de grace to Donald J. Trump by getting him to renege on his promise to build a wall on our southern border.
Indeed, Mrs. Pelosi, in a Freudian slip said as much. In rebuttal to Trump’s comment about transparency, Pelosi said “we want to have a debate about you,” not “we want to fund effective border security.”
Pelosi later said of the Wall, “That’s a political promise,” not border security.
Those of us who have been around conservative politics for a while remember the smirk on Democratic senator George Mitchell’s face when he conned George H. W. Bush into abandoning his “read my lips” promise to oppose new taxes.
Pelosi and Schumer went to the White House expecting to at least set the stage for, if not close the bag around Trump, in a similar con.
It didn’t work.
Instead, Trump hammered them over their weakness on border security and reminded Americans what kind of behind closed doors, smoke-filled room operators they are – it was not a pretty sight.
Republicans already passed spending measures for most of the Federal government but postponed a fight over funding for the Department of Homeland Security and other cabinet-level agencies. The new funding deadline is December 21.
As the meeting concluded President Trump again vowed that he would not sign any funding bill without substantial border security funding.
“If we don’t have border security, we’ll shut down the government,” Trump said, adding, “We have to have the wall.”
What’s more, as Breitbart’s Charlie Spiering reported, President Trump also reserved the right to have the military build the wall if Congress refused to fund it, possibly avoiding a partial government shutdown, but undoubtedly provoking another fight with Democrats.
If there was any doubt remaining, yesterday’s discussion between President Trump, and Democratic leaders Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Charles Schumer proved that the Democrats’ goal is not border security, it is to make Trump a one term President – if they can’t impeach him first.
However, the meeting also proved that President Trump took away the most important lesson from the recent funeral of the late President George H.W. Bush – failing to fight for your political promises is a guaranteed way to be a one term president. Trump has chosen the right fight to have with the Democrats, and the right time to have it.
We urge all CHQ readers and friends to contact the White House through this link to tell the President you support building a wall on our southern border and urge him to stick to his demand for the money to build the wall, even if it means a partial government “shutdown.”
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Photo “Trump and Democratic Leaders Meeting” by NBC News.