After 35 days, Congress passed and President Trump signed a bill to reopen the government. The government will reopen for three weeks, during which negotiations regarding immigration reform will continue. The President’s eagerness to reopen the government seemed unprovoked by a particular event, but may have been accelerated by declining popular support for the shutdown, tangible effects at airports, inarticulate remarks from Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on Thursday, and Jared Kushner’s sudden involvement.
Conservative and immigration reform activists were quick to condemn Trump for capitulating to Democrats without any sign of funding for a border wall, perhaps none swifter than Ann Coulter who referred to him on Twitter as “the biggest wimp ever to serve as President of the United States.”
Kushner Seeks To Be A Dealmaker
Jared Kushner raised his profile in the negotiations earlier this week and reportedly was personally assuring Trump that he could strike a deal.
Nancy Pelosi, who a month ago rallied an uninspired base behind her, was vindicated in the eyes of her supporters for reopening the government without providing funding for a border wall.