MSNBC panel ridicules Trump for trying to ‘tiptoe away’ from border wall after losing midterms and shutdown
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President Donald Trump has not tweeted about his beloved border wall in a week, causing Nicolle Wallace's panel on MSNBC's "Deadline: White House" to wonder about the motivations for the president change in focus.

The host explained how the Senate appears to have the votes to join the House in passing a resolution of disapproval with Trump's declaration of a national emergency to build his border wall.

While Trump is likely to veto the resolution, passage in the Senate would mark the latest setback for Trump's wall -- which he had famously promised would be paid for by Mexico.

"If the Republicans stand for anything, they'll all vote no," noted Wallace, who was a leading GOP political strategist prior to her career in journalism.

"Anyone who is not against this is insane," noted Alyssa Mastromonaco, who served as deputy chief of staff in the Obama White House.

Donny Deutsch, who is close friends with Michael Cohen, blamed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

"I think Trump has a new piece of red meat and Democrats are handing it to him. In the last few weeks, with the AOC stuff, the Green [New] Deal -- he's a heat-seeking missile. He understands that one simplified issue -- his simplified issue is, they're going to take your cars, planes away. Socialist versus me," he argued.

"He's peeling away from the wall slowly because here's a new piece of red meat out there," he continued.

"The wall was a losing proposition in 2018. He lost that popular vote in the midterms by 9 percent and he ran on the caravan and the wall," Deutsch noted. "So I just think he's looking to kind of tiptoe away."

Wallace wondered how long it would be until Trump chained his messaging again, to saying that we actually don't need a wall because border crossings are down.

"Illegal crossings actually dramatically increased in February, almost doubled from January. Given the fact it would be a lie to say it now, he'll probably say that tomorrow," suggested former DOJ spokesman Matt Miller.