Trump's border threats could make for an ugly September — Editorial

Dough Elmets
Dough Elmets
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30 Agosto, 2017

While President Donald Trump's incendiary tweets and unorthodox behavior dominates headlines, well-heeled conservative groups and lobbyists are trying to focus their energy elsewhere, spending significant resources to push through what could be the most important legislative goal of Trump's first year: Tax reform.

Mexican leaders have flatly rejected the idea that their nation will contribute anything toward construction of a wall they view as an affront to a friendly neighbor, trading partner and ally in the war on drugs and human smuggling. In the last few months aides have tried to finesse Trump's pledge by promising that Mexico would eventually pay back whatever the U.S. taxpayer spends upfront. "We have deliberately tried to stay focused on policy, not personalities". Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) recently accused the commander-in-chief of "erratic behavior and mental instability that place the country in grave danger" and demanded the 25th Amendment be invoked removing President Trump. It is glaringly obvious that the side identified with "the right" was penetrated by agents from the Soros/Obama cabal, and purposely goaded into a situation where Trump would be blamed for any violence that ensued. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. If there's a primary challenge from a candidate running on a platform of supporting Trump and the incumbent beats it back, doesn't that discourage you a bit more from getting to the polls to help that incumbent in the general election? That deal kept the government running through September.

The attacks could not come at a worse time.

If those currently plotting this coup decide to move forward, the shock waves are going to going to make the eyewall of a hurricane pale in comparison.

"Trump is always eager to tell people that they don't belong here, whether it's Mexicans, Muslims, transgender people or another group". Republican lawmakers and aides responded to the president's hostility with broadsides and warnings of their own.

As White House spokespeople blithely insist that everything is fine between the Republican president and Republican leaders of the House and Senate, the relationship continues to deteriorate-with vague sniping in the press escalating into screaming private phone calls and public call-outs at rallies and on Twitter.

And he can't keep from bashing the Republicans in Congress he so desperately needs.

Senator McConnell, who according to the New York Times, privately doubts if Trump can salvage his presidency after this disastrous summer, seems to be preparing for battle.

The US government stays open because the US Congress passes funding for a border wall, giving Trump what he wants.

See: Trump Today: President blames McConnell and Ryan for debt ceiling 'mess.' He tried to purge some of them in the 1938 midterm elections. And if he thinks he's having a hard time now, just imagine what it would be like if Democrats controlled the House and they had the ability to stop every piece of legislation that Republicans propose - not to mention subpoena power. All eerily familiar, to anyone acquainted with the history of the Bolshevik Revolution. Americans want promises kept and a Republican House, Senate and White House to govern using conservative, principled policies.

Trump's salvo ran counter to efforts this week by the White House and McConnell's office to play down reports of discord.


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