If the White House accepts what’s likely to be proposed by the Congressional negotiating team, the President will end up with a paltry $1.3 billion for 55 miles of chicken wire in the Rio Grande Valley, or – at the rate we’re going – perhaps on the Potomac.
The cost of the President’s signature proposal went from $25 billion during the campaign to $15 billion last December to $1.3 billion “agreed to in principle” by negotiators. At this point, he’d probably settle for pocket change.
Sure, sure, POTUS will declare a national emergency – which he could have done at any time in the last two months. If that doesn’t work, he could get the money in one of the secret treasure troves of Washington. He could have done that at any time in the past two years.
Mr. Trump has hit on what he believes to be the perfect formula – mass rallies like San Antonio, where he talks about how much we need a Wall, lambastes the open-borders crowd for opposing a Wall, promises that we will have the Wall (come hell or high water), and then does nothing and declares victory based on his rhetoric..
Let’s see how it plays in Peoria on Election Day 2020.
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