Donald Trump has walled himself in, and he’s loving it.
The brilliant Financial Times columnist Ed Luce today wrote that Trump’s re-election strategy reminds him of Winston Churchill’s definition of a fanatic: someone who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject. Hats off to Ed.
For Trump, The Wall is all that he’s got. Luce notes that any Republican president would have pushed for a tax cut for the wealthy and stacking the Supreme Court with conservatives.
It’s The Wall that makes Trump Trumpy and serves as a big juicy slab of red meat for his political base, who are apparently scared to death of an invasion of women and children from Central America.
The Wall also is a very handy PR diversion for the president from other pressing nasty matters.
For instance, Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, today agreed to testify before the House Oversight Committee on Feb. 7. What a difference a change in Congressional control makes.
Cohen promises a “full and credible account” of his work for the tweeter-in-chief. Shades of John Dean?
Trump’s former consigliere, who has already testified before Robert Mueller’s team for 70 hours, said his Congressional appearance is part of his commitment to “cooperate and provide the American people with answers.” We are all ears.
“I look forward to having the privilege of being afforded a platform with which to give a full and credible account of the events which have transpired,” said Cohen in a statement.
The big news about Cohen occurred while Trump was visiting a border patrol station in McAllen, TX, a trip that he has already panned as waste of time. Trump's Texas swing threatens the future of the White House’s latest communications director Bill Shine, the genius behind the photo-op. The Mooch looks better every day.
Things are only going to get dicier for the president as other Democratic committee probes spring to life and Mueller’s investigation reaches its grand finale.
It wouldn’t surprise me if Trump pulled another rabbit out of his hat: Wall II along the northern border.
Those pesky Canadians aren't giving our president the respect that he thinks he deserves.