The Temporary Reopening of Government Could Benefit President Trump

Last week President Trump made the classy move to temporarily reopen the federal government and allow those workers who missed one paycheck financial relief. This could end up actually working in Trump’s favor. Even if Democrats don’t see it as a victory for him, he could claim he has a heart for those who weren’t getting paid and make House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer share the blame for the shutdown. It can’t all be on Trump, but he needs to make that point clear.

When the three of them had an open, transparent meeting inside the Oval Office prior to the shutdown, Pelosi’s and Schumer’s stubbornness was on display for all the world to see, along with their disdain for the safety of Americans and lack of consideration for all who are and have been affected by illegal immigration. Without partial funding for the construction of a border wall, Trump said, he would have no problem shutting down the government. Then he doubled down and said he would take ownership of it, even when it’s Pelosi and Schumer who were being inflexible.

Although Democrats voted for funding a border wall over 10 years ago, they are now saying and doing the opposite. But that is typical of Democrats. They say what they need to in order to get elected one more time. When funding for a wall was approved then, and even when they promised increased border enforcements as part of President Reagan’s Immigration Control and Reform Act of 1986, they dragged their feet until it was forgotten. The problem only snowballed to what it is now.

Trump is not letting that happen again. He reopened the government with a directive for Congress to find funding by mid-February. If they ignore his directive (as they most likely have no intention of complying) he plans to use his power as POTUS and declare a national state of emergency to get it done. If that happens, he only needs to explain that he gave Democrats a chance and they blew it.

Democrats will again have shown Americans that they don’t care about their safety and were never serious about taking the first step toward building a wall, which would cost a fraction of what illegal immigration currently costs U.S. taxpayers. Indeed, the cost in human lives alone is more than the cost to build a wall on the entire southern and northern border. There’s no price that can be put on human life.

Tom Folden is a political strategist, conservative thinker, and Editor of, a website for conservative viewpoints. A human rights activist, he is a firm believer in the Constitution and the rule of law. He is also a singer/songwriter and recording artist. For interviews and/or appearances, please contact him at

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