GOP Senator breaks down laughing after Trump throws fit
President Donald Trump is having issues with his own party right now regarding his demand that they give him $5 billion for his border wall.
Trump repeated his claim this morning that it would be his honor to shutdown the government if he didn't get what he wants. Speaking of his opponents:
"What they are just beginning to realize is that I will not sign any of their legislation, including infrastructure, unless it has perfect Border Security."
Even with these threats, somehow the GOP was under the impression that Trump would still sign a special stopgap matter, which would fund approximately 25 percent of the government. But, as soon as senators learned that Trump was refusing to even sign that, they started to express frustration.
"You're ruining my life,” GOP Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) told The Hill when learning about the decision.
“No-I don’t think the votes are [there], ugh, we can’t have a government shutdown, period,” she said. “It’s never good. How many times do we have to learn that?”
When Senator Bob Corker found out, he just started laughing.
"Well, why not?" he quipped, asked why he was laughing, adding that he was "not really" surprised by Trump's decision. "On this? I don't know. Y'all have fun. I'm getting ready to fly to Chattanooga. ...[Leadership] has no guidance right now," Corker said, asked what happened next. "I think they're just sort of swirling around over there at the White House."
Corker added that it's anybody's guess what is going on inside the White House right now.
"I don't know. ...Who knows. Does the person sitting behind him at the White House know? Who would know? Who would know," Corker said. "I love it, you can't make this stuff up."
Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) doesn't see a Trump play on this, either. So, what could be the strategy from the president? Just throw a fit for his base?
“I’m not sure what leverage the president thinks he has at this moment. I think the way you create leverage is keep this issue alive” into next year, Johnson told reporters.
As of this writing, Capitol Hill is still scrambling trying to keep the government from shutting down. That, however, is no laughing matter.