Some conservatives, including vocal Trump supporter Ann Coulter, are claiming that President Trump caved to Democrats when he announced that he would reopen the government without securing border wall funding.
In a tweet, Coulter called Trump “the biggest wimp ever to serve as President of the United States.”
The Washington Examiner reported: “The hashtag #TrumpCaved trended on Twitter on Friday following the president’s announcement, a day after he proclaimed ‘We will not Cave!’ on the social media site.”
Here’s more, also from the Washington Examiner:
Conservative pundits lambasted for different reasons President Trump’s announcement Friday in support of a budget deal that would end the partial government shutdown.
Some Republicans said Trump effectively lost to Democrats.
Conservative commentator and author Ann Coulter, a vocal proponent of a border wall, had said she would not vote for Trump in 2020 if a wall was not being built.
Coulter wasn’t the only conservative to see the announcement as a disappointment.
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“This is even worse than appointing a commission to study the problem and issue recommendations that will never be implemented. It’s….nothing,” tweeted conservative pundit Amanda Carpenter. “I could see the Dems offering money to patch up existing barriers and some folks at the WH trying to tell Trump that could be spun as some kind of win.”
“Trump in essence is saying ‘Accordingly, I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your president.’#LBDJT,” comedian and conservative Dennis Miller said on the social media platform.
Nonetheless, the government is reopened as the border security debate continues.
“Bottom line: Dems win staredown, forcing temp reopening, w/ negotiations over next 3 weeks. If Trump doesn’t get some significant barrier $ (lots of Dems now/again on record in favor), he’ll either shut it down again, invoke controversial ‘emergency’ powers, or fully concede,” wrote TownHall editor Guy Benson.
The longest government shutdown in U.S. history came to an end Friday after President Donald Trump and Congress agreed to temporarily reopen shuttered federal agencies without providing any money for the president’s border wall.
Soon after Trump announced the deal Friday afternoon in the Rose Garden, the House and Senate quickly passed legislation on voice votes to fund the government until Feb. 15 in a bid to let negotiators try to work out a larger immigration and border security compromise. Trump signed it later Friday night.
Mainstream media quickly reported the decision to reopen the government without border wall funding was a big loss for Trump and a win for Pelosi and Company.
Axios called Trump’s decision to reopen the government without border wall funding “a significant concession.”
Trump took to Twitter shortly after his Friday announcement to clarify that his opening of the government “was in no way a concession.”
“I wish people would read or listen to my words on the Border Wall,” the president said in a tweet. “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!”
Some others are standing by the president’s decision and are trusting that he is still fighting for his supporters against the Washington Swamp.
“The president is sticking by his commitment to keep our communities safe and has assured me that nothing will deter him from accomplishing that goal. His resolve remains steadfast,” Republican Congressman Mark Meadows said on Friday via Politico.
Republican Senator Lindsay Graham similarly said Trump could still authorize the construction of the border wall after reopening the government.
“Come February the 15th, if the Democrats still say: ‘Go to hell on the wall, you get a dollar, that’s it.’ They basically tell Trump, ‘I’m not going to do with you what I did with Bush and Obama,’ then I hope he will go the emergency route,” Graham told Fox News, as the Washington Examiner reports.
“We don’t need to shut the government down, we need to secure the border,” Graham continued. “And to me, the last best chance to do this win-win is between now and Feb. 15.”
“We have turned away, at great expense, two major Caravans, but a big one has now formed and is coming. At least 8000 people! If we had a powerful Wall, they wouldn’t even try to make the long and dangerous journey. Build the Wall and Crime will Fall!” Trump added in a tweet on Saturday.
We have turned away, at great expense, two major Caravans, but a big one has now formed and is coming. At least 8000 people! If we had a powerful Wall, they wouldn’t even try to make the long and dangerous journey. Build the Wall and Crime will Fall!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2019