On the heels of Trump’s provocative statement promising to shut down the government over funding for his much-maligned wall on the southern border, members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus in Congress have declared that they will not push for border wall funding as part of the federal government’s stopgap funding bill expected next month.
In an interview with Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, on ABC’s “Powerhouse Politics” podcast, the top Republican said:
“In talking to a number of my members, if there was a vote for a continuing resolution next week that did not include border wall funding, the majority of those members would be supportive of that.”
The announcement flies in the face of Trump’s words as recently as last week at his campaign-style rally in Phoenix, in which the President promised to go to extreme lengths to ensure the erection of his wall.
“Believe me, if we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall,” Trump said.
Meadow’s surprising statement is only the latest in a string of Republicans to defect from the White House. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) have all drawn Trump’s ire in recent weeks for refusing to fall in line with his extreme and decidedly unpopular agenda.
As Trump continues to scorn even those in his own party, the President is learning the hard way that while his bullying tactics may have worked in the Trump Organization, they are not making him any friends in government.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.