Trump’s next State of the Union address in January is reportedly going to focus largely on the border wall. He is also going to challenge Nancy Pelosi, which should be interesting, since she’s going to be sitting right behind him.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Wall funding to be State of the Union demand, direct challenge to Pelosi
Anxious over the image of shutting down the government four days before Christmas, the White House and congressional Republicans shifted the budget fight over border wall funding to February to make it the focus of President Trump’s State of the Union.
With the administration under fire in some conservative quarters for “caving in” after making repeated threats to shut the government down Friday if a deal for more wall funding wasn’t cut, officials Wednesday afternoon pushed back, claiming it is part of a broader plan to heighten the war with Democrats over securing $5 billion for border security.
“It’s not a retreat, it’s actually a bigger attack,” said a Trump adviser,
The shutdown date OK’d in the Senate-passed legislation was pushed back to Feb. 8, after Trump is scheduled to give his State of the Union to a joint sitting of Congress. It is always the biggest speech of the year.
“The date after the State of the Union gives the president the biggest visible platform,” said another source familiar with the plan today. “This positions us to have the fight when we have the most visibility,” added the source.
It’ll make the media crazy, no matter what he says. Of that, we can be sure!