Last night, Speaker Pelosi and Sen. Schumer did their best American Gothic impersonation. This afternoon, Speaker Pelosi did her best Cruella Deville impression. At a meeting in the White House, Democrats urged President Trump to open the government. Then Democrats said that they’d negotiate border security provisions. President Trump then asked Speaker Pelosi if he quickly re-opened the government if she’d agree to funding President Trump’s wall. Immediately, Pelosi said she wouldn’t.

At that point, President Trump left:

The president, in a tweet, called the meeting “a total waste of time” and appeared to confirm that he left after Pelosi’s answer. “I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier? Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!” Trump tweeted.

If Pelosi thinks that negotiations are about Democrats getting everything they want and Republicans getting nothing, then President Trump did exactly the right thing. It’s a waste of President Trump’s time.

What’s truly stupid is the fact that Democrats think that this is a winning strategy. The past 2 days, they’ve looked like idiots. Pelosi and Sen. Schumer looked like Ma & Pa Kettle during their rebuttal. Wednesday afternoon, they acted like spoiled brats during the meeting, then made things up during the press availability afterwards. Then Republicans corrected the Democrats’ statements:

It’s one thing to be miles apart during negotiations. It’s quite another to refuse to negotiate. For Democrats to go from $0 for a border barrier to $0 for a border barrier today isn’t negotiating.

Steve Scalise summarized things beautifully when he said “Last night, he laid out some of the challenges facing our country and how we can get a solution. The thing he did was continue to offer new ideas and look, over the weekend, our teams worked on putting together new ideas. And we can talk about terms but at some point, the other team has to put forward a counter-offer on the table.”

That’s astonishing. We’re 3 weeks into this shutdown and Democrats still haven’t made a counter-offer. That’s the definition of negotiating in bad faith. Don’t be surprised if President Trump characterizes Democrats as the obstructionist party. Further, don’t be surprised if that characterization sticks.

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