President Donald Trump and his predecessor, Barack Obama, are very different people.
There are very few things that the two would agree with.
And on one major issue, in particular, Trump just pointed out the biggest difference.
In recent weeks, there has been talk that President Donald Trump may be willing to force a government shutdown in order to pass necessary immigration reform.
He took to Twitter on Sunday to make that very clear, stating the necessity to have border wall funding, merit-based immigration, and an end to “catch and release.”
I would be willing to “shut down” government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall! Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT! We need great people coming into our Country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018
That one statement sent shockwaves across the country. President Donald Trump clearly isn’t messing around on this issue, which is central to his platform.
And he didn’t just say it online; he doubled down in person at a Monday press conference during the visit of Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
In a question asked by The Daily Caller, the president was asked if he was really willing to shut down the government if an adequate border security bill is passed.
Trump didn’t back down, stating:
“I would be willing to close it down to get it done. I would be willing to consider a shut down if we don’t get proper border security.”
In response, The Daily Caller asked him if $25 billion in wall funding is a “red line” for him, harkening back to the “red line” former President Barack Obama placed on Syria, which he later backed out on.
Trump was well aware of the facts, and answered his question, but not without giving Obama a little bit of heat.
“I have no red line, unlike President Obama. I just want great border security. Okay?” Trump said.
This is a clear difference between former President Obama and President Trump. Trump knows what he wants and he’s willing to take steps towards getting there.
Trump is not willing to create a line that he will not cross, which Obama attempted to do with Syria in 2013.
In the case of Obama, he stated that the “red line” that the Syrian government cannot cross is using chemical weapons. He made it clear that the United States would engage in military action with Syria if they did.
But in August of 2013 Syria used chemical weapons. In response, the military was staging and getting ready for military action that very well could create an all-out war in the Middle East.
But as it turned out, his “red line” was useless, as Obama chose not to engage in military action with Syria.
That one move was an embarrassment for Obama. Even for some opposed to military action in Syria, it was embarrassing, as Obama made the United States look like a weak country that would turn back on the rules they establish.
President Trump clearly knows that was an embarrassing event for Obama, and not only doesn’t want to repeat it with his own “red line” fiasco but knows that bringing it up infuriates Obama.
Regardless, with or without a “red line,” Trump is going to fight for strong immigration reform, which is one of the main issues he was elected on.
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