Military salutes. A lot of contraband. Oval Office optics.
President Donald Trump, who has had the appearance of plays for a long time, discovers that he can not solve the partial abandonment of the government simply by giving a show.
With the impasse of paying for his long-promised wall of the US and Mexico, the Oval Office address of the president and his visit to the border with Texas this week did not drag the log jam. Social workers and allies are afraid that he has misjudged the democratic decision and that there are no more negotiating possibilities.
Using the attributes of the White House to make a point is a standard procedure. Dramatic public displays have been Trump's negotiating site. But even Trump was skeptical that the speech and journey would make a difference.
Some in the White House claim that Trump's movements pushed his message. But many employees fear that his hand will weaken, because his attempts to determine the deployment must compete with the testimonies of hardships of federal workers and people who need government services with shutters. That could leave a national emergency statement as the only escape route from Trump – another flashy strategy that can backfire.
Trump defended his approach Saturday and told critics on Twitter that & # 39; there is almost no one in the W.H. but me, and I have a plan on the Shutdown. & # 39; During a telephone interview with a host of Fox News Channel later that evening, Trump insisted that he had not left the White House in months & # 39; and he called on Democrats to come to the table. The trip to Texas was two days earlier.
President Donald Trump last week gave a prime-time address on border security at the White House in Washington
Former Trump help, Sam Nunberg, said that Trump simply used all available tools. Nunberg argued that Trump's border visit, with an interview about the president's preferred network, Fox News, would not win hearts and minds. But he added that the Oval Office address has a "big chance" was for Trump to try his case for an audience of millions that far exceeds his loyal supporters.
In a moment of deep political division, however, the presidential megaphone does not seem to hold the power that he once had.
Democratic leaders have dismissed Trump's tactics. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Last week refused the "soap opera" that creates the petulance and obstinacy of the president & # 39 ;.
Trump's visit to McAllen, Texas was staged for maximum impact.
At a border patrol facility, he investigated mountain drugs and weapons taken by agents. He embraced tearful families who talked about relatives who were illegally killed by them in the United States. He traveled to a dusty cliff above the Rio Grande and saluted a border patrol helicopter as he flew by.
A man looks at where the boundary wall meets the Pacific Ocean in Tijuana, Mexico. The deadlock over paying for Trump's long-promised boundary wall seems to be dragging
The stop was meant to reinforce Trump's claims about chaos and crisis at the border, but it was remarkable for what was left out. The smuggling was intended to emphasize the dangers of an unsecured border. But it was only reported that the drugs were intercepted at official places of entry, not in open areas where Trump wants to build a wall. Trump met with victims and agents, but he did not go to a nearby facility where hundreds of migrant children were held in cages after being divorced from their parents last year.
Allies say that Trump buried for good reason: building a wall has always been a successful applause for Trump. Some, however, believe that it has become a political albatross.
Trump promised the wall during his campaign as part of his immigration platform. At his meetings he encouraged supporters to sing & Build the wall! Build the wall! & # 39; and he promised that Mexico would pay for it.
Trump is shown accompanied by vice president Mike Pence, head of senate Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Sen., Talk to the media after a lunch break of Senate Republic on Capitol Hill in Washington last week
Since he came to the White House, he has failed to pay Mexico for the wall, and he has done his best to advance his immigration policy in Congress, even when the Republicans were fully in charge of both chambers. Now that Democrats are in the majority of Parliament, his influence has diminished.
Increasingly, many people at Trump think that the only way out of the shutdown stalemate is that the president declares a national state of emergency to try to pay the wall by redirecting federal funds from other programs.
They reason that such a statement would end in court, but in the meantime Trump could reopen the government and say that he continued the fight for the wall during the legal battle. It is a piece that would be consistent with Trump's pattern of claiming victory, even if conditions are dark.
In June, Trump stated that his summit with North Korea Kim Jong Un was a pioneering achievement, although it produced only a vaguely worded dedication from the North to denuclearize.
In November, Trump claimed historic victories in the midterm elections, even though the Republicans lost control of the House. In early 2017, he held a rose garden after a health care review had passed the house, looking for victory before he passed both rooms, which he never did.
President Donald Trump toured the Rio Grande on the southern border in McAllen, Texas, last week at the border crossing with Mexico in a carefully choreographed photo opportunity
Trump's public attitude has sometimes moved the needle. The push of his government helped to get a tax review over the finish line. His fights with China have brought both parties to the negotiating table.
Yet, while Trump tries to find a way out of the shutdown stalemate, Republican adviser Rick Tyler argued that some of the president's teams might be stale.
& # 39; There is a reason why the circus comes to the city a week, he said. & # 39; He has exhausted his act & # 39 ;.