President Trump is expected to give some sort of huge announcement regarding the government shutdown at 4 pm EST.
Everyone immediately assumed he would declare a national emergency, but that doesn’t necessarily appear to be the case.
According to Axios, he’s going to float a compromise: DACA protections for a wall.
The offer is expected to include Trump’s $5.7 billion demand for wall money in exchange for the BRIDGE Act — which would extend protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) — and also legislation to extend the legal status of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, according to a source with direct knowledge.
Jared Kushner and Mike Pence have led the crafting of this deal and the negotiations with members, according to White House officials. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters he had proposed the idea of a DACA-TPS swap to Trump in December, and that the president called it “interesting.”
According to the report, McConnell pushed this idea.
McConnell told the president that it was his view that Pelosi was never going to move. She would and could not negotiate on border funding because of her caucus, and Trump needed to be the one to put something forward he would sign so that McConnell would have the presidential backing to bring it to the floor.
McConnell also encouraged Trump to make the offer tantalizing to Democrats; it couldn’t be something that only Trump would sign and Republicans would support, but something that could win over some Democrats.
How do you feel about that? I’m not sure. Could it be a bluff? Maybe. After all, it’ll make Democrats look REALLY bad if they refuse. Then we can play their game and be all, “Wowowowow you don’t care about DACA recipients! #heartless.” And in the end, Trump will be able to say that he tried to negotiate, but Pelosi wouldn’t, thereby making a national emergency seem more acceptable.
It’s like a giant game of political chess.