President Trump has been vocal about withdrawing American troops from Syria and Afghanistan.
Many conservatives have come out against the plan, fearing it would give rise to radical Islam in the regions.
On Thursday night, the Senate voted 68-23 “expressing opposition” to pulling out, with a majority of Republicans going against Trump’s wishes.
#Senate INVOKED Cloture on McConnell amend (Syria & Afghanistan troop withdrawal) to S. 1 (Middle East) by a vote of 68-23.
— Senate Periodicals (@SenatePPG) 31 января 2019 г.
Senate votes 68-23 to advance McConnell amendment expressing opposition to «precipitous» withdrawal from Syria & Afghanistan
— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) 31 января 2019 г.
Many conservatives probably figured Trump agreed to reopen the government so federal workers could receive their back pay. That probably played a part, sure.
However, the real reason was just revealed by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.
President Trump agreed to re-open the government for three weeks because Democrats signaled they’re willing to negotiate on border security, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday.
Sanders: “The President has opened the government on the basis that Democrats have signaled to us that they’re willing to actually get serious about a real deal and get serious about fixing the border.”
“The President has opened the government on the basis that Democrats have signaled to us that they’re willing to actually get serious about a real deal and get serious about fixing the border.” —@PressSec pic.twitter.com/Or4A5k31Hl
— GOP (@GOP) 28 января 2019 г.
The shutdown, of course, occurred because Democrats did not want to give Trump $5.7 billion for a border wall.
A new study suggests the 35-day shutdown actually cost seven times more than the amount of money requested for the wall by the Trump administration.
A new report by a statistics professor at Washington University in St. Louis estimates that the 35-day partial government shutdown cost seven times more than the $5.7 billion that President Donald Trump requested for a border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Liberty Vittert, who is also an ambassador for the Royal Statistical Society, writes that estimates for the cost of the shutdown per day range from $52 million to $360 million.
Standard & Poor’s has estimated that this shutdown will cost the American economy $6.5 billion per week – a figure they based on data from previous shutdowns. This estimate includes the reduction in spending by furloughed federal workers (though not their actual pay), as well as other trickle-down effects: lost business and revenue to private contractors, fewer vacations and school trips due to park closures, etc. That puts us at about $32 billion just for basic economic disruption.
Altogether, I estimate that the 35-day shutdown cost the American public somewhere around $40 billion. And that economic damage doesn’t include the unquantifiable damage being done to the 800,000 people who are going without a paycheck.
Hopefully, now the president has learned his lesson.”
Those are the mocking words of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
Is this the best strategy, though?
Has President Trump ever responded in kind to being mocked?
From Daily Wire:
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer mocked President Donald Trump on Friday immediately after the president ended the government shutdown so non-essential federal employees could get paid and so both of the nation’s major parties could work on a deal to fund border security.
Schumer noted, “The American people do not like it when you throw a wrench into the lives of government workers over an unrelated political dispute. Working people throughout America empathized with the federal workers and were aghast at what the president was doing to them. Hopefully, now the president has learned his lesson.”
“Now, once the president signs the continuing resolution, we in Congress will roll up our sleeves and try to find some agreement on border security. Today the president will sign the bill to reopen the government along the outlines of what we have proposed and hopefully it means a lesson learned for the White House and for many of our Republican colleagues: Shutting down the government over a policy difference is self-defeating.”
“It accomplishes nothing but pain and suffering for the country and incurs an enormous political cost to the party shutting it down.”
Chuck Schumer mocks President Trump: "Hopefully now the president has learned his lesson… Democrats are firmly against the wall." pic.twitter.com/mtaHf4VNCT
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) 25 января 2019 г.