Many of President Trump’s supporters are expressing disappointment that he agreed to a three-week spending deal that will temporarily end the partial government shutdown without providing any border wall funding.
But before Nancy Pelosi gloats any further about her success at keeping our borders unsafe and porous, bear in mind that this is only a three-week bill. The deal will circumvent the media’s relentless focus on the government shutdown (and blaming Trump for it) and curtail rising problems like threats of air traffic controllers walking off the job. Unlike the last President, Trump doesn’t want a shutdown to be disruptive and inconvenient for average Americans. The three weeks will give him time to make his State of the Union Address and talk directly to the American people, and to disrupt the building “blame Trump for the shutdown” narrative and hopefully to turn public attention back to the border, where it belongs.
In three weeks, they’ll be back to square one, and as he made clear, if Pelosi still refuses to negotiate, he has other options for going around Congress. They might not even require declaring a national emergency.
I’d remind fellow Republicans not to throw in the towel and declare defeat when it’s only half-time.