The White House sought Monday to calm a jittery Washington ahead of a showdown with Congress over spending, and President Trump softened his demand that a deal to keep the federal government open include money to begin construction on his long-promised border wall.
Despite one-party control at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, the brinkmanship that came to define spending battles in the Obama years has tumbled into the Trump era, as have the factional divisions over strategy and priorities that have gripped the GOP for a decade.
But with a Friday deadline looming to pass a new spending bill, the Trump administration projected confidence that a shutdown would be avoided. In the face of fierce Democratic opposition to funding the wall’s construction, White House officials signaled Monday that the president may be open to an agreement that includes money for border security if not specifically for a wall, with an emphasis on technology and border agents rather than a structure.
Trump showed even more flexibility Monday afternoon, telling conservative journalists in a private meeting that he was open to delaying funding for wall construction until September, a White House official confirmed.
It suddenly appears that Trump is becoming more reasonable and recognizing that this border wall promise is a non-starter.
Now finally there can be a REAL and fruitful discussion over the need for an overhaul of our immigration policies.
Wait, not so fast.
And there you go.Don't let the fake media tell you that I have changed my position on the WALL. It will get built and help stop drugs, human trafficking etc.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2017
Just when it appears that Donald Trump might start to be a little reasonable, that he might actually be learning what it takes to be the president, he sabotages it with some early morning tweet and we are all back at square one.
And this is essentially what happens time and time again.
Let's face it, the guy is unhinged.
And if you have any doubts about that just go back and read that AP interview again.
I think the press needs to stop trying to shape a narrative that Trump is growing into his responsibilities and simply tell the truth to the American people.
The man is insane, and unless we can remove him from office we are doomed.