Barack Obama’s presidency was one of the biggest disasters in American history.
Obama spent eight years in the White House piling up one failure on top of another.
But in a nationally televised press conference, Donald Trump revealed the biggest embarrassment of Obama’s life.
Donald Trump is gearing up for a fight over funding for a border wall with Mexico.
With a September 30th deadline to fund the government approaching, President Trump fired off a warning shot that he is willing to shut down the government in order to secure money for his border wall.
I would be willing to “shut down” government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall! Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT! We need great people coming into our Country!
In his opening remarks before a press conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Trump doubled down stating
“The prime minister and I are united in our conviction that strong nations must have strong borders. We have a solemn obligation to protect our citizens and their quality of life. My administration is working hard to pass border security legislation, improve vetting, and establish a merit-based immigration system which the United States needs very, very importantly, very badly. As far as the border is concerned, and personally, if we don’t get border security, after many, many years of talk within the United States, I would have no problem doing a shutdown. It’s time we had proper border security. We’re the laughingstock of the world. We have the worst immigration laws anywhere in the world.”
The Daily Caller’s Saagar Enjeti quizzed Trump on this asking “Are you saying you would be willing to shut the government down in September if it does not fully fund $25 billion for the border wall and also deliver the immigration priorities that you listed in your tweet? Or are you leaving some room for negotiation there?”
Trump responded by saying he was always open to negotiation and brought up one of Barack Obama’s most embarrassing moments as President – his failure to enforce his red line on the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons.
“I would be willing to close it down to get it done…But I would certainly be willing to consider a shut down if we don’t get proper border security,” Trump declared.
Enjeti followed up by asking if the $25 billion was a “red line.”
President Trump responded “I have no red line, unlike President Obama. I just want great border security. Okay?”
Donald Trump won the GOP nomination and then the General Election on the strength of his America First immigration platform.
But since assuming the presidency, establishment Republicans like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have stabbed the President in the back by refusing to fight for Trump’s signature campaign promise.
President Trump was wise to threaten a government shutdown without repeating Obama’s mistake of setting a red line.
Once a President sets a red line you have to cross it or your opponents will view the Commander-in-Chief as a doormat.
That’s what happened to Obama with Syria.
And it forced President Trump to go against his instincts not to involve America in foreign wars by bombing Syria twice because Bashar al-Assad figured every American President was weak after Obama refused to enforce his red line back in 2013.
Obama’s failure was an embarrassment that weakened America.
And Donald Trump is not about to repeat that mistake.