After boxing himself in on shutdown, Trump tells aides to find way out that doesn’t disgrace him

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Donald Trump has personally led two negotiations with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. During the first one in late December, he declared that he would be “proud” to shut down the government over his precious border wall. During the second one last week, Trump threatened the shutdown could last for “months or even years” and later bragged to reporters that he “absolutely” said that.

But now that nearly 1 million federal workers are furloughed or working without pay, the national parks have become literal wastelands, and airport chaos is ensuing, Trump’s getting skittish and wants his aides to find him a way out of this gigantic mess, according to the Wall Street Journal.

During a private meeting with aides at Camp David on Sunday, Mr. Trump said he wanted them to come up with a resolution to the shutdown fight that would reopen the government without him appearing to have capitulated to Democrats,

So Trump doesn’t want to be seen as capitulating? Well, no shit, Sherlock. Welcome to Politics 101—you don’t box yourself into an impossible position without having a vision for your endgame and leaving room for a compromise that you can play up as a “win.” But instead of taking time to envision his escape in advance, master negotiator Trump went into those meetings guns blazing and delivered a shoot-em-up routine that landed him in a bunker without any backup. Total “stable genius.”

Even as that Camp David meeting unfolded, instead of tamping down expectations for how this would all resolve, Trump’s negotiators asked for even MORE money in their weekend meeting with congressional staffers. In the meantime, his surrogates continue to barricade him in the bunker.

“This continues to be the signature campaign issue that he outlined that needs to be fulfilled,” former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told the Journal.

Good god, Trump is bad at this. So very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very f*cking miserably bad at this.

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Rick
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Rick

The Art of the Deal my ass! Like every other thing in his life, the book, and his so-called skills are pure bullshit. All reality show bunkum. A creation of the world media that now has to find a way to throttle it’s own spawn.

Bill
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Bill

These conservatives and their talk shows will be eating their AIPAC shit soon also

Gunther
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Gunther

How in Gods name can ANYONE seriously support this moron at this point in the game. Every day that passes exposes just how clueless and ridiculous the man really is. ENOUGH.

Donna
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Donna

The 35%, that is his “base,” could all be living in cardboard boxes under overpasses and would still vote for him in 2020. The racism and misogyny is just that strong with the deplorables.

Allan
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Allan

These words NEED to go virol. Well written

Allan
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Allan

The MAGA crowd must be so sick of ‘winning’ by now.

Allan
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Allan

I started to feel sorry for him, so i hit my big toe with a hammer. It won’t happen again.

Steve Lowe
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Steve Lowe

It’s called a gun. Under the chin. Simples