Trump Snaps And Gets No Money For His Wall, But Can He Still Keep His Promise?
Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff, vice president of the German Marshall Fund in Berlin, explained to BILD: "Since the Democrats hold the majority in the House of Representatives, power in Washington has been distributed differently. Trump is feeling it now. He has to make compromises that he actually doesn't like. This even applies to his most important campaign promise, the border wall. In addition, the majority of Americans blame him for the long suspension of government activity in December and January. Trump does not want to be blamed again for this."
In fact, polls have shown clearly the majority of Americans blame Trump for the record shutdown that lasted 35 days!
So did the dealmaker fold because the polls forced him to?
Kleine-Brockhoff says: "Was Trump ever a negotiating artist except in his self-perception? So far he hasn't achieved much at negotiation tables, not in Congress and certainly not in international relations."
Kleine-Brockhoff explains what other possibilities the U.S. president can now use: "He can reallocate funds from the budget that have already been approved but not spent for the construction of the wall.
He considers the option of a state of emergency to be "politically dangerous": "What if a future Democratic president declared a state of emergency due to climate change? But the Democrats must also be careful: Their voters, too, want a secure border, albeit perhaps not a wall. So stopping Trump is not enough."