Trump Caves, Ends Shutdown to Take Spotlight Away From Russia

traitor in chief trumpTrump on the shutdown: โ€œWe will not cave!โ€. Well today he caved.

Speaking to reporters in the White House later that same day, Trump indicated he would not sign a short-term funding bill unless it included a โ€œprorated down payment for the wall.โ€

But barely 24 hours later, Trump caved: On Friday afternoon, the president announced he would sign a bill to reopen the government until February 15 โ€” a bill that wouldnโ€™t include any money for his border wall, โ€œprorated down paymentโ€ or otherwise.

Trump made the announcement during a Rose Garden speech that concluded with him vowing he will still get his wall, one way or another.

โ€œWe really have no choice but to build a powerful wall or steel barrier,โ€ Trump said. โ€œIf we donโ€™t get a fair deal from Congress, the government will either shut down on February 15, again, or I will use the powers afforded to me under the laws and the Constitution of the United States to address this emergency.โ€

Trumpโ€™s reference to โ€œthe powers afforded to meโ€ suggests he may declare a national emergency in hopes of bypassing Congress to secure funding for a border wall. As Voxโ€™s Emily Stewart has explained, few people doubt that Trump has the power to declare an emergency, but whether he could leverage one into securing funding for a wall is another question.

Trumpโ€™s case wonโ€™t be helped by the fact that heโ€™s already admitted his emergency declaration would be a response to a political outcome thatโ€™s unsatisfactory to him โ€” not conditions at the southern border.

Between now and February 15, a bipartisan conference committee will try to reach an agreement on a border security plan. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has repeatedly stated that she wonโ€™t support Trumpโ€™s wall, which sheโ€™s described as โ€œimmoral, ineffective, and expensive.โ€ But as my colleague Tara Golshan has detailed, Democrats have left the door open to supporting some sort of โ€œphysical barriersโ€ along the border.

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