Art of What Deal? Trump Offers No Real Plan Or Deal For His Wall

President Donald Trump has boasted countless times that heís a highly effective negotiator, yet at a point where the government has been shut down for weeks and some substantial deal making is warranted, heís putting nothing on the table to fix the situation.

Trump wants the wall and Democrats in the House do not, so obviously some haggling needs to occur to break the deadlock. Where are these famous negotiating skills now that we need more than ever? Good negotiating doesnít involve the president demanding he get his way or closing down the government in a tirade.

Thus far, Trump has offered no real concessions or perks for Democrats to make Democrats feel good or even begrudgingly okay about approving money for a wall. How about throwing a bone on DACA, something that even a strong majority of Republicans support?

THE ONUS IS ON TRUMP

Ordinarily, Iíd say that the Democrats need to be proactive in proposing deals on this issue, too, but itís really hard to see a way in which Trump isnít wholly responsible for this impasse.

  1. Democrats already compromised when they joined conservatives in December to unanimously pass a bill to keep the government open, which Trump figuratively spit on by not signing.
  2. Heís had two years with GOP control over both halves of Congress, and he couldnít get the money allocated for the project then either because Ė surprise Ė most Republican lawmakers saw it as a waste of money and stupid idea. Suddenly itís the Dems fault for not wanting it?
  3. Congress must approve spending on projects like this one, and centuries of precedent dictate that when the president isnít supported, the solution isnít to just shut down the government.
  4. Polls show that most Americans don’t want the border wall, so even if Trump wants to claim that he has a mandate to build it following his election, heís conveniently leaving out the joint promise that Mexico would be paying for it Ė American taxpayers donít see the point.

WHEREíS THE PLAN, EVEN?

Perhaps the reason weíre not getting helpful negotiations is the White House still has no clue what it wants to do with the wall, a few years after Trump initially proposed the idea, no less.

It seems every time the wall comes up, thereís a different vision for it. Sometimes itís a traditional wall, sometimes itís a steel fence, sometimes itís made of transparent material, sometimes itís covered in solar panels. The plan really ought to be a bit more concrete (by which I mean solidified, not necessarily made of literal concrete) before throwing a tantrum about not getting money for some abstract idea when the White House has left billions in other funds earmarked for border security unspent.

Itís all the more frustrating, now that campaign aides have come forward to say that the idea for the wall was just an easy rhetorical device Roger Stone and Sam Nunberg invented to make sure Trump was vocalizing tough anti-immigration stances. It wasnít necessarily meant to be a real or literal policy, but Trump loved the reaction he got from the crowd and HERE WE ARE.

So come on, Mr. President: you want this wall so dearly, prove it by offering a realistic deal. To this point, thereís been nothing ďartfulĒ about his negotiation tactics.

32 comments

Leo C
Leo C2 days ago

Thank you for sharing!

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Leo C
Leo C4 days ago

Thank you for sharing!

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Sandra V
Sandra V6 days ago

Thanks

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Sandra V
Sandra V6 days ago

Thanks

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Joan E
Joan E6 days ago

Trump proves every day that he is pro-Putin, anti-Americal

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Shirley S
Shirley S7 days ago

Tell Trump to dip into his own pocket for the money.

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Irene S
Irene S7 days ago

This is so incredible!

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Lorraine A

I have a number of friends affected by Michael, they need the money from FEMA to survive and rebuild. If Trump steals all FEMA money for the wall what happens to these people and the people from all the old and upcoming disasters. Who will help them?? What a mess. You don't steal from disaster victims!!

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Carole R
Carole R8 days ago

What a mess.

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JinnySITEISSUES L

The only plan Trump has is to serve himself. Thanks for sharing.

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