Politicians the world over would do well to study the words of Confucius.
In the current standoff in the US over the southern border wall, they may wish to review this gem, ‘The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm.’
On the 19th day of a partial government shutdown caused by the disagreement over the wall, who will prove stronger, US President Donald Trump or House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi?
So far, they’re both hoping their mighty oak approach won’t break in the face of voter backlash.
But when Trump met with Democratic congressional leaders to discuss funding for the wall, he ended up walking out, then posted to Twitter that the White House meeting to end a government shutdown was ‘a total waste of time’.
So the meeting between Trump, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, Pelosi and other leaders ended abruptly with the remaining animosity and no sign of a conclusion.
Trump tweeted ‘I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier?’
‘Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!’
Trump responded with a ‘temper tantrum’
Agitated Democrats said that the meeting went south once they refused to commit to funding Trump’s planned southern border wall and that he responded with a ‘temper tantrum’.
Schumer had said to reporters that Trump asked if Pelosi would fund his wall.
‘She said no. And he just got up and said: “Then we have nothing to discuss,” and he just walked out.’
Schumer added ‘Again, we saw a temper tantrum because he couldn’t get his way’.
According to RAW, Trump had said earlier yesterday that it was his right to announce a national crisis to build a wall on the southern border if Congress cannot come to a conclusion on his appeal for the US$5.7 billion project.
The Democrats are planning to test Republican’s firmness regarding the matter by advancing a bill to promptly reopen the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Treasury Department and other agencies that have been partly closed down since 22 December.
They are eager to force the Republications hand to choose between funding the Securities and Exchange Commission (as it should be arranging to issue tax refunds to Americans) and voting to keep it partly closed.
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