What if all the Republicans who have been tight-lipped about Donald Trump said what they were thinking publicly? That is not likely to happen, because they are afraid that the president will Twitter-bomb them. Fortunately, some of those who are retiring speak their mind about the strange world of Trump.
Representative Ryan Costello (R-PA) pounded POTUS for his tweets about closing the southern border between the U.S. and Mexico, if he does not get five billion dollars from Congress to build his medieval wall. The representative called out the commander-in-chief’s action for what it truly was “an angry eighth-grader’s tweet.”
Costello appeared on CNN and said:
‘This struck me as like an angry eighth-grader’s tweet. I don’t really know how to make sense of it because I don’t think he can do this even if he wanted to. It probably violates (the North American Free Trade Agreement — NAFTA). I don’t think he’ll have much if any support in Congress. Nor do I think logistically he’d be able to implement it. And when you start throwing out vacuous threats like this, people stop taking you seriously in terms of how you go about negotiating.’
Trump has the pattern of blaming everyone else and not taking responsibility for his own actions — unless they turn out positively. He blamed his “enemies” the Democrats and the parents for the deaths of their two small children in the president’s refugee camps. Now, he has blamed the Democrats for his own shutdown.
Just weeks ago, the president sat with incoming Speaker of the House Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and talked about shutting down the government. Trump said that he would take on the “mantel,” according to NPR:
‘I’ll be the one to shut it down. I will take the mantle. And I will shut it down for border security.’
Costello said the “ball’s in the president’s court:”
‘(It’s not) clear on what amount of money he needs in order to sign a funding bill. Remember, the president said that this is his shutdown. The ball’s in the president’s court, and we have no clarity on what he’s willing to accept or what he might sign.’
Thus far, the House has already passed legislation for the Trump wall, but it died in the Senate. The reason was that the Senate passed a clean bill without the wall funding attached. The House Republican leaders did not put the president’s wall to a vote.
Pelosi and the new Democratic majority will take the House on January 3, 2019. However, Trump has vowed to refuse to sign any spending measure unless it includes enough money for his wall. Perhaps, the president just wanted to have a fight.
Trump shut down the government without consideration for the people who do their government jobs but still live paycheck to paycheck. That was about 800,000 people. Some of those people have to work without pay as long as the government was shut down, while others do not work and do not get paid.
The president somehow believes that a wall would keep out people who want to come into this country. Does he not realize they can go under, over, and around it? Does he not realize that people can arrive by plane or boat? The largest number of people just overstay their visas.
Rather than build the Great Trump Wall circa 500 A.D., maybe he could spend the five billion dollars on a wall of technological scanning. He could spend that money on a new tracking system for visas. He could even spend it on caring for those children he should be protecting instead of locking them up.
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