The “swamp” is trying to swallow Trump.
Republican lawmakers have urged the president to focus on border security in general instead of the wall, which Democrats have called a poison pill that would cause them to reject the bill and shut down the government.
Trump told a group of conservative reporters he invited to the White House on Monday that he was open to getting funding for the wall in September when Congress debates the 2018 budget, the Associated Press reported. This is a sharp reversal from his position over the weekend and early Monday, when he doubled down on his demand for the wall. Trump tweeted repeatedly that the wall is necessary to stop the flow of drugs into the United States.
“If the wall is not built, which it will be, the drug situation will NEVER be fixed the way it should be!” Trump exclaimed Monday, adding: “#BuildTheWall.”
On Tuesday morning, the president claimed he had not changed his position on the wall as the “fake media” was claiming, but he didn’t specify whether he still believed he would get the funds in this week’s spending bill, which increasingly looks like a political impossibility.
This is all part of the negotiating process.
“Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., praised Trump in a statement for taking the wall “off the table.””
But did he?
Several Republican senators urged the president to think of the “big, beautiful wall” he promised on the campaign trail as symbolic of border security in general. That way, the president could declare any increase in border spending in the spending bill a victory, right as his presidency passes the symbolic 100-day mark on Friday.
“Border walls and fences are part of an overall plan, but there will never be a 2,200-mile wall built. Period,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told reporters Monday evening. “I think [the wall] has become symbolic for better border security. So it’s a code word for better border security.”
Trump must not fall for it. For Trump to be seen as winning, he needs shovel to break soil. The Wall is visual, and it is a structure that stays – people remember that, they don’t remember “symbolic” “code words.”
The wall itself is not the issue for Trump, or indeed, for his supporters; it is, in reality, ending hostile immigration. However, for Trump, he needs to have the wall, because if he does not, then no matter what get’s said at the time by politicians calling him a responsible politician, come election time the same politicians, the media and his opponents will say he failed and that he betrayed his voters.
This is crucial test for Trump, a test of his ethos.