Trump Makes Deal With Democrats to End Government Shutdown: Cave-in or Set-up?

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Just hours after a Washington Post-ABC News opinion poll showed public disapproval of Trump at 58 percent  – a 5% rise over three months – and one in five Americans say they have been personally inconvenienced by the shutdown, a deal between the President and Democrats in Congress to open the government has.. kind of, been made:

President Donald Trump said he has reached a three-week agreement in stop-gap funding that would end a partial U.S. government shutdown now in its 35th day. However… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters the possibility of legislation that includes a large down payment on a wall, “is not a reasonable agreement.”

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know this is a deal-breaker for the President. What to do?

President Trump has essentially given the Congress everything they have asked for, including re-opening the government to give full negotiations on border security and immigration time to play out. A request made by both Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer. So…

Three more weeks of nobody giving in is most people’s guess. Nothing has changed except Federal Worker’s are back to work, temporarily, and thus, the State of the Union Speech is back on. Or is it?

“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 remarks in the White House Rose Garden. “In a short while, I will sign a bill to open our government for three weeks until Feb. 15. I will make sure that all employees receive their back pay very quickly, or as soon as possible,” Trump said.

So… are government workers happy? Did they not just get a 25-day paid vacation? If they are getting their “back pay” it sounds like it. Now they have to actually show up for work and look busy I suppose. Not all of them, but about half of them. Regular Americans know from going to the DMV, dealing with the Post Office, the TSA, or driving by any government construction site – only about half the folks are working. Those 50% now have to show up to work and pretend to be busy, instead of staying home and … I don’t know and I don’t want to know what they do at home.

Notice I said “50%”? That means the other half of government employees are hard-working, competent and loyal workers who deserve every bit of their pay and kick-ass benefits and pensions. Keep them, they’re doing a fantastic job – but everybody knows about the other half – and the people who know it the best are government workers themselves. The half that need to go, need to go and get real jobs and thank god now there are plenty of jobs to go around in the private sector. Of course you’d have to actually work. And compete. Uh-oh.. But I digress..

The ‘deal’, which needs passage in the House and Senate and Trump’s signature, would leave any wall funding for later. Oops. The question is: Is the President playing them and planning to fund the Wall by Executive Action in 3 weeks, or did Nancy Pelosi out deal the big Deal-maker?

Flip a coin.

UPDATE: Nancy Pelosi now says she will discuss a date for President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address once the government is open. Pelosi said she had agreed to talk to Trump about a “mutually agreeable date” once the government was open. She said she would “look forward to doing that and welcoming the president to the House of Representatives.”

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer also said Trump learned another important lesson after repeatedly clashing with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during a 35-day partial government shutdown. Schumer says: “No one should ever underestimate the speaker, as Donald Trump has learned.”

FUNDING AT LAST YEAR’S LEVELS

The temporary funding bill would extend agency funding at the last fiscal year’s levels and would include some money for border security – but not a wall.

Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said he wanted to hear what Trump had to say before he would assume there was an iron-clad deal.

Trump is expected to sign legislation to end the shutdown on Friday once it passes Congress.

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