There are a few cracks in President Trump’s wall of loyal Republican cheerleaders. The government shutdown has some Republican Congressman thinking twice about Trump’s plan to suck $5.6 billion out of a government funding bill.
By now, the world knows Trump doesn’t care if he keeps 25 percent of the shutdown for months and even years. That was one of Trump’s recent knee-jerk statements. The world also knows Trump will use any means necessary to get the money and build a steel wall on the border between the U.S. and Mexico. Speaker Mitch McConnell decided to pull a Jeff Sessions and recuse himself from wall and shutdown negotiations.
Mc Connell is up for reelection in 2020, so he’s keeping a low profile. McConnell told the White House to persuade the Democrats to get on board with Trump’s ridiculous wall idea. Trump tried to work his magic on Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, but his disdain for the two Democrats made the meeting look more like a Real Housewives segment than a negotiation. A frustrated and angry Trump told the world he’s fine with keeping the government closed until he gets what he wants.
But a group of his loyal Republican party members may jump ship and vote with Democrats when a new government funding bill comes up in Congress. The Democrats will need 290 votes to push the bill through without a Trump signature.
That number of votes makes the bill veto-proof. But according to some reports, the Democrats won’t get the 55 Republican votes they need to ensure that happens. But just to make sure the Democrats don’t get the votes, Vice President Mike Pence and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will twist a few arms to keep Republican Congressman on board Trump’s sinking border wall ship. Pence is Trump’s buttoned-up and clueless henchman. He’s the evangelical Howdy Doody that tries to do Trump’s dirty work while he tries to keep his political hands clean.
But Pence doesn’t have those Mr. Bluster type qualities that Trump has. Pence and Nielsen may sound like a formidable negotiating team, but in practice, they fail miserably. The only person who can negotiate for Trump is Trump. But Trump has his hands full trying to stay one step ahead of the Mueller investigation. And two steps ahead when it comes to planning his 2020 campaign.