Trump Regime

The Government Shutdown is Back On, I Guess. Who Knows?

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

last week, Trump said he would be "proud to shut down the government."

Earlier this week, the White House said Trump would sign a government funding bill and find "other ways" to fund his fantasy border wall.

This morning, Trump changed his mind again and recommitted to shutting down the government.

Speaker Paul Ryan spoke to reporters this afternoon and said Trump told him he would not sign the government funding bill passed by the Senate because it does not include wall money.

The Senate unanimously approved the legislation Wednesday night to keep the government funded through Feb. 8. With Trump’s support, it appeared set to breeze through the House before the midnight Friday deadline to fund seven government agencies. [...]

“We just had a very long, productive meeting with the president,” Ryan told reporters after a handful of House Republicans huddled with the president for more than an hour. “The president informed us that he will not sign the bill that came up from the Senate last evening because of his legitimate concerns for border security.”

In a subsequent statement, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said “we urgently need funding for border security and that includes a wall.”

It has only been two days since Sarah H. Sanders said the White House would find "other ways" to pay for Trump's wall. She now says they need wall money from Congress.

I don't know if Trump's latest threat to shut down the government will last beyond tomorrow morning, but tomorrow night is the shutdown deadline. It's possible Trump will partially shut down the government and fly away to Mar-a-Lago for over two weeks.

Some senators have already left Washington for the holiday break after passing a funding bill by simple voice vote last night.

  • muselet

    Donald Trump’s vacillation on a government shutdown over his Big Beautiful Wall brings this exchange to mind:

    ZAPHOD: What are they, clinically thick?

    FORD: I think they’re very clever. They’re trying to confuse us to death.

    The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Fit the Sixth


    • KanaW

      He did say in his campaign that he likes to keep his adversaries “off balance”. I’m not sure his supporters realised exactly what he meant by that: “I have no ability to be consistent or even remember what I said five minutes ago, so I’ll just wing it every time someone annoys me.”

      Translation: he has the memory of a hyperactive goldfish. And probably less empathy.

  • Nefercat

    This is impressively stupid. It’s like watching really terrible parents give in to the obnoxious toddler pitching a tantrum in the checkout line at the grocery store.


    “Okay, l’il Dondon, here’s your treat. We’ll get you wall.

    Too bad it’s 400,000 federal workers who will have to hold their breath and turn blue (so to speak) while pumpkinhead golfs and rips off the taxpayers for more bucks at his resort.

  • Nefercat

    “We just had a very long, productive meeting with the president,” Ryan told reporters
    I am not sure Ryan understands the meaning of the word “productive.” Actually, I am sure he doesn’t.

  • fry1laurie

    The GOP loves a decisive leader.

    • Nefercat

      Apparently they are not fussy as to whether the decisions made are the right ones.

      • KanaW

        Or even consistent with yesterday’s decision *rolling eyes*

  • katanahamon

    Good. Maybe a completely irrational shutdown costing millions plus the fact that now it’s indisputable he wants taxpayers to pay for his ludicrous wall will finally open some eyes on the right. ..yeah, I know it won’t. He could strip naked, shoot up a crowd with an AR 15 and they still wouldn’t do anything.