Nancy Pelosi bipartisan border deal, “We must reject the politics of revenge”

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Nancy Pelosi bipartisan border deal, “We must reject the politics of revenge”.

US President Donald Trump began by calling for bipartisanship and cooperation.

“We must reject the politics of revenge, resistance, and retribution, and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation, compromise, and the common good,” he said.

And Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was right in his face with what looked like sardonic applause — if there is such a thing.

Her response to that line quickly ricocheted around the internet.

One US media outlet has deemed it the “sarcastic point clapback heard round the world”.

And while calling for bipartisanship on the one hand, the President decried “ridiculous, partisan investigations” on the other.

There was also this line which wouldn’t be out of place in a Dr Seuss book:

“If there is going to be peace and legislation there can’t be war and investigation it just doesn’t work that way,” Mr Trump said.

And he dug in on the border wall.

“I’ll get it built!”

Considering that the government just shut down for 35 days due to a deadlock over the wall funding, this hardly looks like the new era of happy “comity,” promised by White House adviser Kellyanne Conway.

Basically, Donald Trump wants to have his cake and eat it too
President Trump is a chief executive born and bred after all, and with the gradual departure of his team of Generals (Kelly, Mattis, McMaster), he’s increasingly running his White House the way he ran his company.

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It’s a cause of endless frustration to him that he can’t just shake off the Russia probe, shut down a spate of incoming Democratic investigations, and do business.

That is — build the border wall as he promised, cut a trade deal with China, cut another one with North Korea on nukes (probably with a real estate kicker), pull troops out of Syria (and Afghanistan), crack the heads of profiteering prescription drugs companies together and use a whole pile of money to build new roads, bridges, and schools.

But now he’s coming to terms with a Democratic house for the first time.

Their refusal to budge on the wall is getting him down because he values the art of the deal — and the wall is one of his core promises.

The Democrats are not particularly interested in collaborative fireside chats with the President, either.

In the hours before the speech, he and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer taunted each other on Twitter after the Senator badmouthed the address hours before it was even delivered.

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“It seems every year the president wakes up and discovers the desire for unity on the morning of the State of the Union,” Senator Shumer said.

“Then the president spends the other 364 days of the year dividing us and sowing a state of disunion.”

The President, having already reportedly argued with his team about the text of the speech, saying it was too soft, responded thus:

Bipartisanship and border security emerged as the speech’s biggest themes
Nonetheless, his State of the Union address proceeded as the White House said it would — with ‘comity’ strong from the outset.

If you’re wondering, ‘comity’ means showing courtesy and considerate behaviour to others.

“The agenda I lay out this evening is not a Republican agenda or a Democrat agenda. It’s the agenda of the American people,” Mr Trump said in his opening remarks.

“Victory is not winning for our party. Victory is winning for our country.”

But as much as he talked about bipartisanship, he also dedicated more time to border security than any other subject.

And it’s that very issue — funding over the border wall — that he and the Democrats have failed to compromise on.

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It led to the record 35-day government shutdown, which in turn led to the originally scheduled State of the Union being postponed in the first place.

“Republicans and Democrats must join forces again to confront an urgent national crisis,” Mr Trump said during the speech.

“Congress has 10 days left to pass a bill that will fund our Government, protect our homeland and secure our Southern Border.

“Now is the time for Congress to show the world that America is committed to ending illegal immigration and putting the ruthless coyotes, cartels, drug dealers and human traffickers out of business.

“Where walls go up, illegal crossings go way, way down,” he said.

The Democrats’ rebuttal, delivered by former candidate for Georgia governor Stacey Abrams, was unequivocal.

“We know bipartisanship could craft a 21st century immigration plan, but this administration chooses to cage children and tear families apart,” Ms Abrams said.

“Compassionate treatment at the border is not the same as open borders. President Reagan understood this. President Obama understood this. Americans understand this.

“Democrats stand ready to effectively secure our ports and borders,” she added. “But America is made stronger by the presence of immigrants, not walls.”

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