Flake Continues Beef With Trump: Proposed Border Wall 'A Bit…Out There'
- Author: Leroy Wright Aug 27, 2017,
Aug 27, 2017, 13:13
If you're not familiar with the White House's branded weeks, previous Trump policies that received their own weeks have included infrastructure, workforce development, and energy. It was a clear reference to Flake, who supported efforts to reform federal immigration law and the federal criminal justice system.
Accusing the president of "divorcing" Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., the editorial board attacked President Trump's recent criticisms for Republican leadership. Andrew speculates that in attacking his own party, Trump could sabotage Republicans' 2018 chances - and having a Democratic majority in Congress would surely make things way more hard for the president. Still, Danforth's overall argument - that Trump purposefully divides Americans instead of unites them - is one Republicans need to hear again and again.
Republican leaders who think that will hurt the party should be figuring out how to line up veto-proof two-thirds majorities to keep the government running. A shutdown would be in no one's interest. Indeed, as Brian Beutler argues, multiple conditions are now in place for Trump to break free of the self-preservative constraints that limited him before, and go through with some of these vows once and for all. On the 9th and the 10th Trump assailed McConnell via Twitter, angered by a speech in which McConnell said Trump had "excessive expectations" of Congress. "We aren't quite there".
Because of Senate rules, any budget continuation resolution will require support from Democrats. "The border-security wall was a central theme that everyone knew was a central theme and was presented to the American people, and they voted accordingly". "You don't gratuitously inflict injury, and if you've got grievances, you air them in private".
Trump said he doubted the United States can reach a deal to renegotiate NAFTA, a trilateral trading deal came into force on January 1, 1994 and has greatly benefited the region's economy by eliminating nearly all the tariffs between the United States, Canada and Mexico.
After multiple queries, the closest comment to a defense of Trump's forays against GOP pols came from a Republican close to the White House, who did not want to be named. The government does not collect enough money from taxes to pay its bills, and must borrow to cover the difference.
Flake has drawn the ire of the president over his hesitance to support a border wall between the USA and Mexico, much of which would be in Arizona. "Our country needs a good "shutdown" in September to fix mess!" he tweeted.
"On the debt ceiling, the smart political play is to pass an increase with GOP votes and move on", the board writes.
"The only problem I have with Mitch McConnell is that, after hearing Repeal & Replace for 7 years, he failed!" If it doesn't do so, the government will have to prioritize which of its bills it will pay.
Trump will also need all the Republican support he can get to pass his longer-term priorities, such as funding for his proposed southern border wall, an overhaul of the US tax system and a massive infrastructure program. "It's sort of mystifying". I don't know how anyone can interpret that.
"We don't expect much help in getting this tax code in a better place", he said.
Trump then added, "Nobody wants me to talk about your other senator, who's weak on borders, weak on crime, so I won't talk about him".
If Trump digs in on this demand, there are a few possible outcomes. The president threatened Tuesday to force a federal shutdown unless Congress provides money for the project.
Trump said that because legislators didn't follow that strategy, "now we have a big deal with Dems holding them up (as usual) on Debt Ceiling approval". "The wall is a nonstarter", a senior Democratic Senate aide said. They even repeat Democratic lies in defense of capitulating.
No. He also made the threat in a May 2 tweet, which came after he had just taken the border wall off the table to strike a deal with Congress to fund the USA for another five months.