February 13, 2019

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Trump is running out of options for his border wall as Republican leaders break with the president (John Harwood, 2/13/19, CNBC)

It's hard to hear above the din from the Oval Office. But through their new spending compromise, GOP leaders signaled clearly that they, like Congressional Democrats, will no longer play border-wall make-believe with President Trump.

Trump sought the White House promising to build a "great wall" along the U.S. border with Mexico. Assailing previous presidents as ineffectual, he vowed to make Mexico pay for it.

GOP leaders always understood that pledge as fanciful, even as they cautiously avoided saying so out loud. Last December, when Trump changed his mind and chose a government shutdown over a bipartisan spending compromise, they reluctantly went along.

But 35 days of political pain, ending with Trump's initial surrender last month, changed their calculations.

Conservative Republican negotiators - Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama and Rep. Kay Granger of Texas - struck the deal with Democrats last night even as Trump roared about the wall in El Paso. 

Posted by at February 13, 2019 1:05 PM

  

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