President Trump has endorsed a bipartisan deal that could end the 35-day partial government shutdown, making a way for a three-week stopgap funding measure to reopen shuttered agencies.
“I am very proud to announce today that we have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government,” Trump said in the White House Rose Garden.
Is Trump going to get his wall with this bill? Nope.
The proposal backed by congressional leaders would fund the government through a Feb. 15. The deal does not right now include funding for the wall along the Mexican border President Trump has pushed for, a House Democratic source says.
But that the three-week spending bill would would also include a deal to move forward on the longer-term Department of Homeland Security funding bill without any wall money, the source said. Federal employees who have been working without pay or are furloughed would also get back pay as part of the agreement.
What a shitty deal maker that guy is . . .
I’m also hesitant to put much weight in this story, since Trump has proven to be an unreliable source regarding what Trump will actually do and what bills he’d actually sign. We probably won’t know until the junta at Fox News gets to weigh in on the bill.
Furthermore, I wonder if the media should even be reporting on Trump’s Rose Garden statements. Past experience shows that he loves making overtures to reason and bipartisanship to present himself positively and distract the public from bad news stories (ie, Roger Stone’s recent arrest and indictment by the FBI). If the media puts to much weight into his reported desire to sign this funding bill, it might suggest Trump can still play them like a fiddle.