In one of many memorable statements Donald Trump made on the 2016 campaign trail, one that is often recounted is his bold proclamation that America will be a perpetual winner under his watch.
Now that he's been President of the United States just shy of eight months, Trump has apparently grown so weary of victory laps that he's passing on an ample opportunity to conquer his signature campaign issue.
White House legislative affairs director Marc Short told reporters on Tuesday that President Trump would not demand that border wall funding is tied to a legislative replacement for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Speaking at a roundtable event hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, Short said the administration didn’t want to “bind” itself by making a demand that would likely be a nonstarter for many lawmakers.
“We’re interested in getting border security and the president has made the commitment to the American people that a barrier is important to that security,” Short said. “Whether or not that is part of a DACA equation, or ... another legislative vehicle, I don’t want to bind us into a construct that would make the conclusion on DACA impossible.”
There had been speculation that Trump would require any compromise on potential DACA legislation include money for a wall along the southern border. Short was adamant that his remarks are not an indication that the president is going soft on the wall.
Naturally many Trump cultists will find yet another way to dismiss this as the President "playing the long game" or that he's engaging in the proverbial chess match with Dems. It's bull pucky of course, as it's quite obvious that many of the statements Trump conveys likely weren't even on his mind 60 seconds before verbalizing them. The idea that he's implementing some sort of long term strategy seems dubious.
So if the border fence is a nonstarter in a situation where the Dems are more hysterical than ever (i.e. the DACA phase out being on the clock), when does the Trump administration believe the issue can ever be broached?
When Trump reaches his 1-year anniversary as POTUS in January 2018, there's a very real possibility that the debt ceiling will have been increased yet again, some sort of amnesty legislation will be signed into law and no Obamacare repeal will have occurred. If that is "winning" then yes, I've definitely grown weary of it.