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Trump ‘Not Happy’ With Bipartisan Shutdown Deal, May ‘Let China Slide’ On Trade Deadline

"...it's all gonna happen where we're gonna build a beautiful, big strong wall."

Fresh off a particularly offensive rally in El Paso that featured a rabid MAGA-o-phile attacking a BBC cameraman and a lie so ridiculous that it had to be literally corrected by the local fire department, an audibly hoarse Donald Trump held another one of his all-access cabinet meetings on Tuesday.

Predictably, he expressed his extreme displeasure with the deal struck by a bipartisan committee of lawmakers desperate to avert another government shutdown.

As noted here on Monday evening in the moments after the news crossed, Trump was unlikely to throw his full support behind the agreement given that it only calls for $1.375 billion for border barriers. That is “slightly” below the $5.7 billion Trump insists is necessary to keep out “vicious coyotes”, ensure “prayer rugs” stop turning up in people’s backyards and keep women from being “duct-taped” and “thrown in the back of vans.”

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Really, it’s not even clear that the money which is earmarked for border barriers can be classified as “wall money” (per se), something that probably isn’t lost on Trump.

So, the fate of federal employees and, ultimately, the US economy, once again rests with the man in the Oval Office and his willingness to compromise.

We suggested on Monday night that the White House may accept a smaller sum and then try to shuffle money around and otherwise divert funds from other projects to bridge the gap. It sounds like that’s exactly what’s going to happen.

Here’s what Trump had to say on Tuesday:

 

Got that? Here it is again (because it’s even funnier when it’s typed out):

I’m not happy about it. It’s not doing the trick. But I’m adding things to it and when you add whatever I have to – uhh – add, it’s all – uh – it’s all gonna happen where we’re gonna build a beautiful, big strong wall.

No, we’re not. We’re just not. And at this point, nobody is attempting to mock him. Rather, everyone is trying to tell him the truth in the interest of perhaps setting expectations and helping him establish a frame of reference so that when this never happens, he won’t fly off the handle and shoot a cruise missile at Greenland – or something.

Note also that he’s going to great lengths to convince his base that he’s actually already built a lot of wall. On Monday night in El Paso, he hung “Finish The Wall” banners from the rafters and as you can see/hear in the clip above, he’s persisting in the fantasy that his vanity project is already under construction.

It’s no longer clear who he’s trying to convince with that – there’s a strong argument to be made that it’s himself. Nobody has built any new wall anywhere. It just hasn’t happened. As of last month, no new miles of barriers have been built under Trump. None. Zero. 

In any case, Trump would go on to regale everyone with more horror stories about “robberies” and “murders”. “The Democrats don’t like us to get rid of MS-13”, he added.

 

On the bright side, he did say he’d be willing to let the March 1 deadline beyond which tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods are set to more than double “slide” until he can meet with President Xi.

For markets, the notion that Trump will extend the trade deadline combined with his tentative inclination to at least consider the bipartisan deal struck on Monday evening to avert another shutdown will probably be “good enough” for one day.

But it still seems likely that he will eventually make an aggressive move to procure the full amount he wants for the border barrier. He has too much of his political capital tied up with that $5.7 billion figure and the idea of a “big beautiful wall” to accept a number that’s not even in the ballpark.

And how many times as he said “one way or another” in the context of that wall over the past month? He’s said it repeatedly. Which means if he does go ahead with some kind of emergency declaration or dubious end-around in an effort to get more funding, nobody has a claim on being incredulous.


 

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9 comments on “Trump ‘Not Happy’ With Bipartisan Shutdown Deal, May ‘Let China Slide’ On Trade Deadline

  1. He opens his mouth and, like clockwork, the lies just pour out. With apologies to Melania, think I’m going to start referring to him as Old Faithful.

  2. A rare, free post. Zero nasty comments on Drumpf. I refuse to waste any more of my life on this orange zero. As for Melania, she can self-deport her skank ass back to Slovenia. “Be Best” indeed.

    • Anon, I couldn’t agree more.
      The cruelest knife is the knife of indifference.
      Even conservative pundits are saying after El Paso “inane” and “boring”.
      Unfortunately the headlines are still distracting me. Even Swedish bonds are more interesting.

  3. What are Limbaugh-Hannity-Ingraham saying about the deal? The fate of the bipartisan compromise is in their hands.

    btw, you can calculate just about how much the Republicans in congress like the wall by the outcome of this negotiation.

  4. Lance Manly

    I wonder if Stormy gave Pelosi Trump spanking lessons.

  5. 50 years ago, we sent people to the Moon. Today, we bother to seriously consider it was a hoax…maybe that everything is a hoax.

    Fuck, that’s how bad it is now.

    • Harvey Cotton

      It’s the Internet, man. If you had a minority opinion in the past, chances are countless random encounters would grind your opinions to dust or force you to keep it to yourself. Now, no matter what it is you believe or what your kink is – how arcane or fringe or batspit – you will find a community of people online who will justify and reinforce your beliefs and practices, and will provide the echo chamber necessary to steel you against all argument or even facts. The positive thing is that is supplies succor to legitimately persecuted minorities or allows people cheap access to highly technical information. The cost, though, is the infinite number of rabbit holes you can fall through.

      • Probably the most insightful comment posted on the Heis in quite some time. Thanks.

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