This is just Trump not wanting to piss off Ann Coulter. I can’t even imagine what he’d do if he actually thought he was going down. (Although part of the problem here is that Trump has absolutely no idea what the federal government does, and what the consequences of shutting it down are. And since he’s incapable/unwilling to learn, he’ll never understand it, either.)
Eventually, enough rich people would be affected that not only would McConnell put the appropriations to a vote in the Senate, it would have a veto proof majority. Trump has a history of overplaying his hand, and this looks like a case of that.
From what I’ve read, they already have a veto-proof majority. It’s only because McConnell won’t allow it to be put to the vote that nothing’s happening. This is starting off unpopular, even with Republicans. McConnell’s in this weird position where he hates Trump, but Trump is significantly more popular than he is with his constituents.
We know that it’s impossible to negotiate or reach any deal with Trump ahead of time. He changes position, changes his statements, and contradicts himself so often that it’s impossible to depend on any statement for longer than a few seconds. You can’t even assume that if the Vice President makes a deal that he’ll support it. So, there’s really no point in counting on anything he says ahead of time. If a bill to sign isn’t right in front of him, you’ve got no idea if he’ll sign it or not. So, it’s impossible for McConnel to know if any bill will be acceptable to trump before actually sending it to him.
It would be interesting to see. Though I suspect Trump might actually veto something for once, here - he’s allowed himself to be maneuvered such that his back is against the wall right now, and he doesn’t feel like he has any other option than to be obstinate.
I have to agree… people keep claiming that McConnell hates trump and will stand up to him if push comes to shove, but he’s shown literally no inclination to do so, instead go right along with whatever he wants…
“Hate” is too strong a word, probably - but his early statements about Trump indicated that he thought he was a dangerous ignoramus. Then Trump won. Just because he doesn’t like him, doesn’t mean he’s not happy to use him.
Well, that, McConnell has never indicated, I have to say. It’s always been clear that McConnell would happily go along with and suck up to Trump for his own benefit, even if he thought Trump was an idiot who would destroy the country if left to his own devices. Why let a little thing like that stop him from supporting Trump and advancing his own agenda?