While President Donald Trump’s surprise decision Friday afternoon to end the government shutdown without securing funding for a southern U.S. border prompted accusations of him “caving,” Fox News host Sean Hannity has claimed that isn’t the case at all.
“Anyone out there, by the way, thinking President Trump caved today, you don’t really know the Donald Trump I know,” the Fox host, one of the president’s closest allies, said Friday evening on “Hannity.” “He right now holds all the cards. He will secure the border one way or another.”
Listen to his full commentary below:
He reiterated that not building the wall is simply not an option given everything that’s at stake:
“We’ve got to finish the job. The cost of a porous border is enormous, and it’s growing more serious every single day; human trafficking, drug trafficking, gangs, cartels. It’s a life and death situation.”
In a speech delivered Friday afternoon from the White House Rose Garden, the president announced he would reopen the government for three weeks as part of a deal reached between congressional Republicans and congressional Democrats to ease the burden on furloughed federal workers.
Note that Democrats voted down GOP-led attempts to pay furloughed federal workers at least twice.
“In a short while, I will sign a bill to open our government for three weeks until February 15. I will make sure that all employees receive their back pay very quickly or as soon as possible. It will happen fast,” he said, adding a committee would be formed to assess the border situation.
“A bipartisan conference committee of House and Senate lawmakers and leaders will immediately begin reviewing the requests of our Homeland Security experts.”
“Based on operational guidance from the experts in the field, they will put together a Homeland Security package for me to shortly sign into law. Over the next 21 days, I expect that both Democrats and Republicans will operate in good faith.”
Listen to the whole speech below:
His critics perceive the deal as a “cave” because they believe Democrats never “operate in good faith.”
Democrats will never negotiate in good faith. Why should they? Trump caved, and with Jared Kushner, and other liberals in his ear, he will cave next time.
— JamesShields (@JamesSh67966703) January 25, 2019
Democrats have NO intention of negotiating in good faith, or in allowing one cent for the wall. Never should have caved. You hear Schumer – Trump “learned a lesson”? So did Americans – our country is doomed to become Mexico.
— triggerpoint2018 (@triggerpoint201) January 25, 2019
Since when has Pelosi and Schumer ever done anything in good faith. The Repubicans caved yet again. So disappointing. As a conservative I’m discussted that you guys fell for there crap again. Maybe you guys will find your balls one day but I’m not holding by breath ?
— Tommy D??? (@DemmelJr) January 26, 2019
He caved. They will give nothing and allow nothing. They are obstructionists. They don’t care about American Citizen security. They do not negotiate in good faith. Embarrassing.
— Colby Smith (@Colbyas) January 26, 2019
— Pastor David M. Berman (@DrDavidMBerman) January 26, 2019
Hannity nevertheless remains confident that Trump will indeed secure the border.
“Some of you say ‘he didn’t get any money for the wall.’ No he didn’t, but he’s going to,” the Fox host said Friday afternoon on his radio program, “The Sean Hannity Show.”
He added that, if nothing else, the deal showed that the president has a heart: “I think the president also kind of has a heart. He knows that this is tough on a lot of the furloughed workers.”
The same cannot be said of the Democrats, who’ve been so committed in their obstruction that they even objected to a GOP measure to at least pay members of the Coast Guard.
“The left-wing media will say it’s a win,” Hannity continued, adding that this narrative is false.
The ball is now in the Democrats’ court, he said, noting that if Democrats fail to act in good faith, the president will either shut the government down again (this time presumably indefinitely) or declare a national emergency.
Though the president’s critics are loud in their exasperation, it does seem like a notable number of the president’s base do feel similarly to Hannity, with many claiming he’s playing chess while his opponents are playing checkers.
.@realDonaldTrump ended the shutdown today to ensure the payment of federal workers.
Don’t forget: A few days ago, the White House began drafting the text for a national emergency proclamation.
Politics is chess, not checkers. And @realDonaldTrump is a master of the former.
— CJ Pearson (@thecjpearson) January 25, 2019
I still support and trust @realDonaldTrump our president. I love watching him play 3D chess while the opposition is still thinking it is checkers they are playing. Chess takes more quiet strategy and diversions.
— ;isa King (@kaneswolfspirit) January 26, 2019
@POTUS is an excellent chess player, while Congress is still playing checkers. In 3 weeks a wall will be being built and Dems aren’t going to realize how bad they’ve been had by the best.
Nancy Pelosi history will show she’s worst Speaker of the House ever.
— J Larry Hanna?? (@JLarryHanna) January 26, 2019
u didn’t cave u made a tough decision that had to be made I believe u will get the border fencing u need this is not checkers this is Chess an making the right move is crucial an u did, again Ann Culter an conserv radio TV still trys to belittle u not cool not cool hit back
— Ralphael Stancil (@RalphStancil) January 26, 2019
— Wren Williams (@wrenwilliams) January 26, 2019
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