Trump is waiting for right-wing media to advise him on shutdown and is 'trapped'
Donald Trump and Sean Hannity (Fox News/screen grab)

The negotiations for the government shutdown remain in stalemate as President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders refuse to budge on their position.


Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin said that the shutdown has lasted for so long in part because Trump is afraid to upset his right-wing base.

Rubin cited the Morning Consult-Politico and CBS news polls to show that more and more Americans blame the president for the government shut down.

"Even this White House, infamous for self-delusion, must realize it’s in deep trouble," Rubin wrote.

"Trump’s biggest cheerleaders in the right-wing media (e.g. Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity) and his hardcore anti-immigrant adviser Stephen Miller who egged him on are now responsible for the worst political debacle of his presidency," she said.

She added, "He’s now trapped, waiting for a permission slip from the right-wing media chorus to capitulate — or watch his support and any hope for legislative accomplishments evaporate."

Trump has long boasted about his relationship with right-wing media. He contacted Limbaugh personally about the shutdown and admitted that he talks to Hannity on a regular basis.

Rubin said that Trump is "trapped" and has to make a decision. He can either please right-wing media and fight for a border wall to the death of this country or risk not accomplishing anything for the next two years.

Rubin said, "Now, having empowered them and weakened his own hand, he’ll either have to give more ground in future negotiations or meekly accept two years without a significant accomplishment."

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