To hear Chuck Schumer tell it the Democrats are in the majority and President Trump must kowtow to him. While it is true the Republicans are running Congress as if they are the minority party and President Trump has reached out to Democrats, there clearly is no compromise on the part of Democrats.
And there never will be; the sooner President Trump learns this lesson the better off this nation will be. Chuck Schumer said it in plain English on Tuesday, if the President is only willing to believe his eyes and ears.
In a statement to the press on Tuesday, Schumer revealed that he’s the one calling the shots, at least in his mind and possibly in reality. He said he and President Trump have “talked a bit about working together and I said to the President the best way he can show some good faith is support the dreamers bill.”
Schumer said, “The second thing he can do that can be very helpful and move things in our direction is support an extension of the [Obamacare premium subsidies] cost sharing, because we know that that’s coming out. So there are lots of things that we can do that can improve things that he seems open to.”
Schumer’s asked about funding for the border wall, not even letting the reporter finish his question before responding. He said, “I made it so, so clear to the President that there is not going to be a wall in the appropriations process or in others.” So Schumer is dictating, not only to McConnell and Ryan, but now to President Trump as well.
He references the statement by Marc Short, speaking for the administration as a media event, in which he affirmed that the border wall will not be tied to the “dreamers.” Schumer called that “a very, very good thing and good progress.” That’s proof it’s a major concession and one that is not being met in kind.
Schumer continued to play the big dog role, saying, “I’ve told him over and over again. At one point he said, ‘go easy on the wall.’ I said ‘No.'”
There is no dealing with Democrats. There is only confrontation or surrender. How much surrender is President Trump willing to offer in exchange for an appearance of success? How much of what we elected him based upon is he willing to turn his back to in the process?
On immigration, President Trump is breaking, not keeping, a major promise on DACA amnesty. He should at least be a skilled enough negotiator to get something important like the border wall in return. They should, at a minimum, be linked. He’s giving a lot and receiving nothing in return.
But Ivanka’s happy.
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