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.

33 comments

Jessica K
Jessica K2 months ago

I am most annoyed at the Senate, although the President had two years to get his wall with no opposition and seemed to wait for the second the new Congress was about to be seated to decide on his iron-clad stance. That being said, Congress can override any presidential veto with a two-thirds majority in both houses, which means they can open up the government regardless of what is going on in the Oval Office if they can pass legislation in both chambers. Not really going to happen if nothing is even getting to the Senate floor. Although the branches are in theory co-equal, it's set up in the Constitution that technically Congress should have the most power, but you would never know it based on what's gone on for decades. Thanks.

SEND
Leo C
Leo C2 months ago

Thank you for sharing!

SEND
Leo C
Leo C2 months ago

Thank you for sharing!

SEND
Sandra V
Sandra Vito2 months ago

Thanks

SEND
Sandra V
Sandra Vito2 months ago

Thanks

SEND
Joan E
Joan E2 months ago

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

SEND
Shirley S
Shirley S2 months ago

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

SEND
Irene S
Irene S2 months ago

This is so incredible!

SEND
Lorraine A
Lorraine A2 months ago

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!!

SEND
Carole R
Carole R2 months ago

What a mess.

SEND