Posted by on December 11, 2018 1:05 pm
Categories: Border and Immigration Congress, Senate, House Trump's White House

Donald Trump’s scheduled meeting with incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer was, predictably, used as a pretext for another video photo-op.

It did not go well for the former reality TV sho host, who appeared to be looking for a quarrel. He got it — and it looks to have blown up in his face.

Trump: “If we don’t get what we want…I am proud to shut down the government… I’m not going to blame you for it.” We presume that Trump’s “we” is a reference to his shrinking base of xenophobic deplorables.

The biggest takeaway is that Schumer maneuvered Trump into a petulant threat of a government shutdown. Trump looked and sounded like a middle schooler triggered by an inability to simply get his way. Pelosi and Schumer, for their part, played bad cop/good cop, with Pelosi reiterating the reality of an incoming House majority that will not be amenable to Trump’s border wall bluster as Schumer floated discussion and compromise to prevent a shutdown.

Pelosi and Schumer spoke to reporters after the meeting, decrying a possible “Trump shutdown” which, they reiterated, Americans do not want. Schumer: “A shutdown hurts too many innocent people and this ‘Trump shutdown’, this temper tantrum that he seems to throw will not get him his wall and it’ll hurt a lot of people”