“How Trump and Schumer Came Close to a Deal Over Cheeseburgers.”

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Do I have to talk about the “government shutdown”? I don’t want to supply any audience for this political theater, so I’m just selecting one headline that I like. That’s from the NYT.

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The negotiations between Mr. Trump and Mr. Schumer, fellow New Yorkers who have known each other for years, began when the president called Mr. Schumer on Friday morning…. In a lengthy phone conversation, both men agreed to seek a permanent spending deal…. Less than an hour later, Mr. Schumer was meeting with Mr. Trump over cheeseburgers in the president’s study next to the Oval Office….

As the meal progressed, an outline of an agreement was struck, according to one person familiar with the discussion: Mr. Schumer said yes to higher levels for military spending and discussed the possibility of fully funding the president’s wall on the southern border with Mexico. In exchange, the president agreed to support legalizing young immigrants who were brought to the United States as children…..

“In my heart, I thought we might have a deal tonight,” Mr. Schumer recalled later…. As the evening wore on, Mr. Schumer got a call from Mr. Kelly that dashed all hopes….

“What happened to the President Trump who asked us to come up with a deal and promised to take the heat for it?” Mr. Schumer asked on the Senate floor. “What happened to that President Trump?”

He’s the same President Trump, the deal artist who touches your heart and then leaves you crying and wondering what went wrong.

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Author: noreply@blogger.com (Ann Althouse)

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