Donald Trump and the Democrats are hurdling towards a showdown over funding for the border wall.
Democrats are resisting any effort that would provide money to secure the border.
But in an epic meeting, Trump destroyed Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi with this nasty surprise.
Pelosi and Schumer marched into the White House thinking they were going to hash out an agreement to fund the remaining thirty percent of the government without providing the five billion Trump requested for his border wall.
They were shocked to find that Trump had dug his heels in when he announced he would not accept any legislation that did not fund the border wall.
Schumer and Pelosi thought they could trick Trump into saying he agreed with the Democrats about not shutting down the government.
But Trump refused to play that game.
“You know what I’ll say? Yes. If we don’t get what we want one way or the other, whether it’s through you, through a military, through anything you want to call, I will shut down the government, absolutely,” Trump announced.
The free-wheeling, 17-minute Oval Office encounter was not what swamp creatures like Pelosi and Schumer expected.
Normally when politicians stage these events for the press, they offer up bipartisan happy-talk for the cameras.
Then they go behind closed doors and cut a deal.
However this time, Trump repeatedly refused to move to a closed session just so Pelosi and Schumer could talk turkey.
Trump said he wanted “full transparency.”
And millions of Americans applauded the decision.
It was refreshing to see their leaders hash out policy disagreements and get an honest appraisal of where each party’s leaders stand.
In this case, Trump clearly articulated that the wall was necessary because America was facing a national emergency.
“Look, we have to have the wall. This isn’t a question; this is a national emergency. Drugs are pouring into our country. People with tremendous medical difficulty and medical problems are pouring in, and in many — in many cases it’s contagious. They’re pouring into our country. We have to have border security. We have to have a wall as part of border security. And I don’t think we really disagree so much,” Trump stated.
He also exposed Pelosi’s opposition as fake and motivated by her desire for power.
Trump pointed out that Pelosi only opposed the wall because she needed to keep her left flank in check before her election for Speaker of the House.
The President explained, “Nancy’s in a situation where it’s not easy for her to talk right now, and I understand, and I fully understand that. We’re going to have a good discussion, and we’re going to see what happens. But we have to have border security.”
Pelosi and Schumer made a beeline out of the White House after the meeting and attempted to declare victory.
But no one was buying their claims.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.