Today, on the 35th day of the shutdown, Donald Trump announced a temporary reopening of the government for three weeks. And no, he didn’t get any funding for the wall. He totally caved.
Why? Could it be because he already lost a handful of Republican Senators, who yesterday voted against Trump as a warning shot that if the shutdown went on much longer Trump would find himself humiliated by a veto-proof bipartisan budget bill being passed by Congress? Well, probably not.
Was it because his base started crumbling, once Trump’s temper tantrum started affecting their wallets?
Or because this is actually hurting the economy and reducing the security of the US more than his silly imagined illegal alien invasion.
Or because he wasn’t going to be able to make his
campaign speech State of the Union address? You know how much he loves pomp and pageantry.
Well, it is probably more likely because of something that happened this morning to business people trying to fly:
Pressure to end the shutdown increased on Friday after air traffic was delayed at two New York-area airports — LaGuardia and Newark — in addition to Philadelphia International Airport due to staffing issues at a Federal Aviation Administration regional air traffic control center.
I’m willing to bet that even though he said this was temporary, and threatened to declare a national emergency if he doesn’t get money for his stupid wall, there is no way he would dare to shut down the government again in three weeks. Mark my words.
Trump loves to claim he’s tough, but he always gives in.