It was reported this week that President Trump is willing to let Congress delay funding for the border wall he promised until 2018 in the hopes of avoiding a messy government shutdown at the end of the week. But Trump pushed back on the reports this week on Twitter, saying that just because he was willing to push a spending bill through by Friday, it didn’t mean that his commitment to building the wall had softened in any way.
“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,” Trump wrote.
That was echoed by Kellyanne Conway, who appeared on “Fox & Friends” to defend the president’s priorities.
“Building that wall and having it funded remains an important priority to him,” she said. “But we also know that that can happen later this year and into next year. And in the interim, you see other smart technology and other resources and tools being used toward border security.”
This isn’t really a decision at all, because there likely isn’t enough Republican support for the wall to do it in this upcoming spending bill. And it’s certainly not going to get any Democrat support. The government would shut down, and Democrats would keep it shut for the rest of the year before they caved on the wall. The polls right now are too lopsided. Trump’s supporters want the wall…but no one else is that pumped about it, including many Republican voters. It can wait.
In the meantime, Trump has to back away because the centerpiece of his wall proposal was that Mexico would pay for it in total. That may still happen, but Trump now says that it will be in the form of some kind of reimbursement package. Either forced upon the Mexican government or otherwise. And that plan can still come to fruition over the coming months and years of his presidency. No one expected all of this to happen instantly.
And there’s no hurry, because Trump’s election has already slowed the river of drugs and illegal immigrants to a trickle. The ongoing crisis of the Obama administration has been solved. That doesn’t mean the wall is unnecessary, but it does show you how so much can be accomplished simply by having a president willing to enforce the law.