President Donald Trump signed into law a short-term spending bill and ended the 35-day partial government shutdown, the longest in the history of the United States.
The continuing resolution provides funding for the federal government for three weeks, until February 15. It does not include any funding for the border wall.
Many see Trump’s decision on Friday to reopen the government without getting his demand for $5.7 billion in border wall funding as a concession.
Conservative political commentator Ann Coulter insulted him by tweeting that Trump replaced former President George H.W. Bush as the “biggest wimp.”
Good news for George Herbert Walker Bush: As of today, he is no longer the biggest wimp ever to serve as President of the United States.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) January 25, 2019
On the other hand, Fox Business host, Lou Dobbs said Trump was “mistaken and misinformed about what the Democrats are willing to do.” He suggested that the Democrats “are not putting partisanship aside but they are putting it at the front and center.”
In addition, Dobbs said, “While the President pleased few of his supporters, if any, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and the radical Dems [are] taking victory laps within minutes of the president’s 18-minute announcement.”
Furthermore, Dobbs commented, “And the illegal immigrants are surely pleased at the prospect they may soon jump to the front of the line while legal immigrants aren’t even part of the discussion in the nation’s Capitol…”
Trump says his decision to reopen the government is not a concession
In response to the criticisms, Trump said his decision “was in no way a concession” but “taking care of millions of people” suffering due to the shutdown.
I wish people would read or listen to my words on the Border Wall. This was in no way a concession. It was taking care of millions of people who were getting badly hurt by the Shutdown with the understanding that in 21 days, if no deal is done, it’s off to the races!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2019
Earlier Friday, the President warned that the shutdown will happen again if he doesn’t get a fair deal for the border wall.
According to him,“If we don’t get a fair deal from Congress; the government will either shutdown on February 15 again or I will use the powers afforded to me under the laws and the Constitutions of the United States to address this emergency. We will have great security.”