President Trump has been fighting with Nancy Pelosi over securing the southern border for months.
But just when Pelosi thought she had Trump cornered, Trump revealed an ace up his sleeve.
He just delivered an ultimatum to Pelosi that changes everything.
President Trump is no stranger to confrontational politics.
He got elected President of the United States in the first place after crushing his Republican primary opponents and then defeating Hillary Clinton with his no-nonsense attitude.
And as the recent fight over border security and building a wall with Mexico shows, Trump is willing to take the gloves off when he thinks it’s necessary.
His latest ultimatum to Pelosi is solid proof of just that.
The Daily Caller reports, “President Donald Trump made clear his strict conditions for any congressional deal that provides funding for his proposed wall along the U.S. southern border, at a campaign rally in El Paso, Texas.”
The President himself elaborated on what he would, and would absolutely not, accept from Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi while he’s in office.
“I will never sign a bill that forces the mass release of violent criminals into our country. I will never oppose or in any way mistreat our great heroes from ICE, border patrol and law enforcement,” Trump declared in his first campaign rally of the 2020 presidential election cycle.
The President went even further. “We will always stand with those brave men and women. We will always be with them. We will take care of them just like they take care of us,” Trump said.
Trump’s rally kicked off his re-election campaign, and will no doubt set the tone for the rest of the budget battle over securing the border, as well as his own message as he seeks to win a second term in office.
The speech comes at a time when Congressional leaders in both parties are hammering out the final details of a proposed compromise to avert a second government shutdown.
The comments at Trump’s rally also serve as an opening salvo in a new round of contentious debates between the President and the Speaker over the exact details of any agreement reached to avoid another budget crisis.
For his part, Trump has yet to signal whether or not he would support the initial proposal coming out of Congress for a compromise deal of 1.37 billion dollars to build just 55 miles of fencing.
The White House has yet to issue any conclusive statement on the deal one way or another, though at the same time Trump administration officials have yet to rule out another government shutdown either.
It’s unclear whether a deal will be reached by the February 15th deadline before funding for the federal government runs out.
At the same time, the likelihood of Congress approving President Trump’s proposed border wall still remains in doubt.
The President may be forced to take matters into his own hands and declare a national emergency, enabling him to use the military to construct a wall without Democratic input from Congress.
We will keep you up to date with any new developments in this ongoing story.