In sharp contrast with Trump’s successful win with January’s Schumer shutdown, it looks like in the fight over the Omnibus Spending Bill, Trump found himself out Trumped by Congress. Don’t let it be said that Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan have not learned anything since the Trump train rolled into town. McConnell and Ryan finally decided to pick up Art of the Deal, and see if they could use it against the President.
Turns out they can.
The bill was a terrible bill, not because of the overspending, which is sort of built into the woodwork of a Trump Presidency. Trump, although he dislikes deficits in a general way, is not interested in slashing and burning the federal budget in the way Reagan wanted to. On the critical issue of immigration, Sanctuary cities will continue to flout the law. The bill continues to provide funding for them. And although Trump did get some money for border security, the money can’t be used to build the wall; the signature election promise of this President. If you can’t squeeze even one dollar of a 1.3 Trillion dollar spending bill to build the wall, you’re failing.
So how did the swamp win such a victory? It helped that they ignored their own rule to provide 72 hours for members to review the bill, wrote the bill in secret, and most importantly, after the bill passed the senate, immediate took a recess and left town. These bozos won’t be back for two weeks, meaning if Trump had vetoed the bill, we would have been stuck in government shut down mode until after Easter. It would have been hard to turn around that sort of media attack putting the blame firmly on Trump for weeks, with Congressional Republicans agreeing, “Yep it’s Trump’s fault.”
After praising the bill earlier in the week, Trump began to realize that he was getting hosed, and during his press conference for the bill signing today, it was obvious that he was pissed stating, “There are a lot of things that we shouldn’t have had in this bill but we were in a sense forced if we want to build our military, we were forced to have. There are some things that we should have in the bill. But I say to Congress that I will never sign another bill like this again. I’m not going to do it again. Nobody read it, it’s only hours old.”
The truth is, Trump got taken because he forgot that his biggest enemies aren’t the Democrats, but the Republicans, who are actually in charge and have power, McConnell, and Ryan. McConnell knows how to throw stop sticks in a President’s agenda; he did it to Obama for years. Now he’s throwing his considerable legislative skills against an enemy far more threatening to insider interests, Donald Trump.
Hopefully a lesson was learned by Trump to not forget who the real enemies are.