Chuck Schumer and the Democrats thought they had the perfect plan.
They would run out the clock on this Congress so when the Democrats took over the House in January, there was no chance for Donald Trump to win funding for his border wall.
But then Donald Trump made a promise that caused Schumer to realize everything he planned was in ruins.
Trump is pushing for five billion dollars in funding for the border wall in a December spending bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security.
But nine Democrats need to support any bill to end a Schumer-led filibuster.
So Democrats thought they had the upper hand.
Trump revealed in an interview with The Washington Post that he had a backup plan for the wall.
Trump told The Washington Post:
I think that’s been shown better than ever in the last short period of two weeks — that we need a wall. I see the Democrats are going to want to do something, because they understand too. Those pictures are very bad for the Democrats. We’re not having a wall because of the Democrats. We need Democrat votes to have a wall. Now, if we don’t get it, will I get it done another way? I might get it done another way. There are other potential ways that I can do it. You saw what we did with the military, just coming in with the barbed wire and the fencing, and various other things.
Trump will act to secure the border one way or the other.
The Democrats hate the idea of troops on the border and razor wire fencing.
If they want to avoid that reality, they can give Trump the votes for wall funding.
It’s as simple as that.
But will Democrats realize they are boxed in?
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.