WASHINGTON – Perhaps President Donald Trump can not get his "big, big" concrete wall because Congress refuses to pay for it, though candidate Trump has repeatedly pledged to force Mexico to do so.
Or wait: It seems Trump has already built large sections of the Wall, thanks to the $ 5 billion Congress has already given him.
No, wait. In fact, the wall is not a wall at all, but "artistically designed steel slats" that look like a drawing of a prickly fence that he sent on Friday.
All of these interpretations of his progress toward his signature campaign promise, of course, came from Trump himself, within a few months – and laid the foundation for his bankruptcy on Christmas, when Trump broke even more chaos into chaos on Monday Series of confusing tweets.
"The wall is different from the $ 25 billion in border security. The complete wall is created with the shutdown money plus any existing money. The reporting was inaccurate on this point. The problem is that without the wall a lot of the rest of the dollar is wasted! " he wrote at 12:10
. It was not clear from the context what Trump meant by "shutting down money" – "shutting down" – meaning the federal government was costing money, not saving it – and the White House officials were not responding to HuffPost requests.
Within a few minutes he wrote : "I am all alone (poor, me). The White House is waiting for the Democrats to come back and conclude a much needed border security deal. At some point, the Democrats, who do not want to make a deal, will cost our country more money than the border wall we all talk about. Crazy! "
His other tweets mounted on Monday the stock markets and perhaps the nation's allies but on the issue of the border wall he seemed to be tweeting it in the first place to calm down. The members of the House were not present at all, and the Senate held a brief procedural meeting in which there was no business.
"It's Christmas Eve and President Trump is plunging the country into chaos," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) and Parliament's next spokeswoman, Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Writing in a joint statement. "The stock market is fueling, and the president is conducting a personal war against the Federal Reserve – after he has just dismissed the Secretary of Defense."
This month, leaders of the Democratic and Republican Congress reaffirmed that Trump demanded US taxpayers' money for the construction of his wall was postponed until Pelosi took control of the house in January. The Senate passed a short-term spending plan on December 19 to finance the government's quarter, which was not already done by previous spending bills. The Senate's proposal was so indisputable that it passed unanimously in a vote. The house was due to hit the ground next day, December 20, and Trump planned to fly to Florida to begin a 16-day golf vacation. December 21
This plan was demolished after his favorite Fox News hosts had attacked him on the evening of December 19 for abandoning his promise to build a border wall – a critique that was linked to a radio talk show hosted by Rush Limbaugh the following afternoon.
Trump hauled Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), A spokesman for the Lame-duck-Mansion, into the White House to declare that he would not sign the Senate's $ 16 billion spending plan provided border security, including $ 1.3 billion for the construction and rehabilitation of barriers, and instead demanded billions of dollars more.
Where this leaves the closure remains unclear. The house raised border security by $ 5.7 billion, but did not state how it would be spent. An Expenditure Act of 2018 – which would extend the extension of the Senate – includes the language that prohibits Trump from building any kind of structure that will not be in use until 2017. This would rule out the new designs that Trump toured for prototypes last year.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sent his members home on Saturday, saying they would not have to return until Thursday afternoon at the earliest. White House officials and their congressional ally agreed on Sunday that no solution was possible until Pelosi became a speaker because liberal Democrats would not support them in the parliamentary elections of January 3, when they compromised with Trump ,
Trump Meanwhile, there is a desire for a wall of concrete and 30 feet tall and could not be a fence – "There is no fence, Jeb, it is a wall, and there is a big difference!" he chided The GOP rival Jeb Bush in 2015 – the recognition for the "bollard fence", which was developed under President Barack Obama and first implemented, and simply call a wall. In fact, Trump's new praise for "Steel Slats" seems to endorse the exact zag design he had previously ridiculed.
In their statement on Monday, Schumer and Pelosi have renounced Trump, in order to reverse the course without offering any clarity about what he wanted. "Instead of bringing security into people's lives, he continues the Trump shutdown, just to please far-right radio and TV presenters," they wrote. "In the meantime, different people from the same White House say different things about what the president would accept or not to end his Trump shutdown, making it impossible to know where they are."
A GOP adviser joins in Trump said his response to the criticisms of Fox and Limbaugh had been wise given their influence among his hardcore followers. Surveys and focus groups conducted by a pro-Trump group indicated that the wall remains a core issue for them, the consultant said on condition of anonymity.
"Trump voters identify all his achievements with the wall" The counselor said that fighting without combat would have been a disaster. Trump's retirement because of the problem is supported by his most loyal donors, the consultant said. "I think it will help him."
However, a former high-ranking White House official said that Trump had time to push his wall a year ago, and the belief that a wall would be backed by a democratic house without giving up big concessions on immigration that would hate its base , is a fantasy.
"The stoppage ends without a wall," the former official predicted, even on the condition of anonymity. "The ship was sailing."