Why Trump’s plan won’t end the government shutdown
- Trump's proposal is unlikely to get 800,000 federal workers now missing paychecks back to work. So the question is whether it will be any more successful for the President in transferring the blame he is currently shouldering for the shutdown to Democrats.
- In many ways, Trump's approach is familiar. The President ignited a crisis last month by closing the government in a last bid to get taxpayer money for a wall that is crucial to his political standing and that he had said Mexico would pay for.
- Then, as on other issues, like his trade wars with US allies, he offers a plan to end a crisis he precipitated that doesn't fully address the issue, but that he can sell as a great deal everyone should sign up to.
It should be good news that both President Donald Trump’s Republicans and Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Democrats plan to vote to reopen the government this week.
Trump on Saturday made his most significant move yet in an impasse now nearly a month in by offering temporary protections for some undocumented immigrants in return for $5.7 billion in funding for his border wall.
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