WASHINGTON (AP) – No retreat, no surrender is how United States (US) President Donald Trump frames his decision to temporarily reopen the government while still pursuing a border wall deal.
Some of his conservative backers have a different take: “pathetic” and “wimp.”
Other Trump supporters seem willing to give Trump the benefit of the doubt, yet they insist that any ultimate government funding deal the President signs must include money for a wall.
Trump defended himself last Saturday from the conservative backlash to his decision to end the 35-day-old partial government shutdown – the longest in US history – without money for his promised border wall. He said if he didn’t get a fair deal from Congress, the government would shut down again on February 15 or he would use his executive authority to address what he has termed “the humanitarian and security crisis” on the southern US border.
After he announced his decision, a New York newspaper headline dubbed him “CAVE MAN.”
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter, a big wall supporter, called Trump the “biggest wimp” ever to occupy the Oval Office. A conservative news outlet, Breitbart, dubbed Trump’s announcement last Friday a “short-term surrender to Democrats.”
Trump insists he didn’t cave to anyone and said the standoff with Democrats was far from over.
“Negotiations with Democrats will start immediately,” Trump tweeted last Saturday. “Will not be easy to make a deal, both parties very dug in. The case for National Security has been greatly enhanced by what has been happening at the Border & through dialogue. We will build the Wall!”
Earlier, Trump tweeted: “This was in no way a concession. It was taking care of millions of people who were getting badly hurt by the Shutdown with the understanding that in 21 days, if no deal is done, it’s off to the races!”