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This article in the Washington Post is on target:
Washington Post: There’s a strong case to make that Trump is a big reason why the government just shut down
There are several reasons listed, but I'll focus on just one.
"No one in Washington seems to know what he wants: So, wait, if the president said in private he would be okay with a shutdown, but in public decried one, what did he actually want?"
Trump is all over the place showing his ignorance and his bias. Not even Mitch McConnell knows what might pop up in Trump's mind at the last moment. If Dems are frustrated, Mitch McConnell may be even more frustrated. You got a deal and then suddenly no deal. Is this the "art of the deal"?
... And I think it is becoming clearer and clearer to both parties that trump will change his mind moment to moment, and will flip on ANYONE of them without warning or justification. Got a deal at 3pm, it very well could dead by 3:01 if not signed into law.
Last night, I wrote short emails to several senators and representatives in both parties suggesting they marginalize trump, make a deal with out him, and put it on his desk. Stop waiting for him to agree in advance. Force him to sign or veto.
My perception is that trump doesn't have the guts to veto any bill put on his desk because it means he owns the failure, and if he signs it, then he can claim\boast\brag\lie\etc that all the good parts were his ideas, and all the rest is not his fault, which is pattern of not taking ownership (a sign of weakness and deep insecurity); claim sole ownership of the good, and then blame others.
Easily hear him saying:
"I forced them to make a great deal, but after I signed it, i noticed they added some pretty bad things that will harm the American people, I will changes those very bad things very soon, so don't worry. I will fix everything and make America great again. The bad parts will go away, and I will keep the good parts"
He won't identify the good or bad, just leave it nebulous so what so whatever is good\bad becomes an debatable topic that he won't confirm beyond vague hints. "we need more for the wall". leaving people saying WTF does that really mean, "More what?"