President Donald Trump has boxed himself into a situation with no endgame in his government shutdown standoff over a border wall, a new report claims.Build the Wall. Drain the Swamp. Nothing else matters. Not the stock market, not North Korea, and not tax cuts. And certainly not ending the government "shutdown".
Citing an unnamed former White House official, Vanity Fair reported on Tuesday that Trump believes he will not be reelected in 2020 if the wall is not built, and has made the issue his 'personal Alamo'.
Trump reportedly told aides that he is prepared to make his 'last stand' on the wall issue, staking his entire presidency on constructing the border barrier that he called for forcefully in a Tuesday night address to the nation from the Oval Office.
'The president put himself in a box,' the former official in touch with the White House told the magazine. 'The problem is there's no endgame. Right now the White House is at a seven on the panic scale. If this thing goes on past the State of the Union they're going to be at an 11.'
Build the Wall and win. Fail to build it and lose. This is not rocket science.