Trump Threatens a Government Shutdown over His Wall: A Closer Look

President Trump is threatening
a government shutdown over funding
for his border wall just as he faces
the most serious legal peril of his presidency. For more on this,
it's time for "A Closer Look." [ Cheers and applause ] It's worth remembering
that when 2018 began, we didn't know anything
about illegal hush payments to porn stars, a secret resister
inside the Trump administration, or the fact that Rudy Giuliani always looks like he just sat
on a box of thumbtacks. When the year began, Republicans controlled
all three branches of government and they were celebrating the
passage of a corporate tax cut to line the pockets
of millionaires. And to take a victory lap
at the time, Trump turned
to his creepiest aide, senior adviser Stephen Miller. [ Thunder crashes ] [ Witch cackles ] -You rang? -Miller decided to go on TV and
make the President look good — A, by comparison, and, B,
by calling him a genius. -On the campaign,
I had the chance to travel all across the country
with the President, and I saw a man
who was a political genius. The reality is is the President
is a political genius. All these so-called political
geniuses in Washington, whether it be at the
big lobbying firms or — -The only person who's called
him a genius in the last week is the President. -Because it happens to be
a true statement. -Ugh. Stephen Miller is
the only person on Earth who'd be less creepy
if he wore a hockey mask. But, hey, maybe
some of Trump's supporters still thought he was a genius, and yet in the almost 12 months
since that comment, Trump has rambled at length
about how people in Finland rake the floors of the forest, left an umbrella outside when he couldn't figure out
how to close it, got on Air Force One with
toilet paper stuck to his shoe, and said this about a hurricane. -They haven't seen anything
like what's coming at us in 25, 30 years, maybe ever. It's tremendously big
and tremendously wet. [ Laughter ] -Tremendously big
and tremendously wet sounds like something
Stephen Miller would say about Donald Trump. As we've learned this year, the President is just
a weird, weird man. He's like a space alien
with a head injury who just took
his first bong rip. "It is a pleasure to meet you,
fellow human. I am enjoying the traditional
Earth greeting of shaking hands for exactly one full minute. And now let us all
display our patriotism by engaging in the
customary hugging of the flag. I am normal!" [ Laughter ] [ Applause ] But you'd think
a political genius could at least figure out a way to deliver on the one thing he
repeatedly told his supporters he would absolutely do,
and that's build the wall. And yet today, Trump threatened the very real possibility
of a government shutdown because he didn't get any money
for the wall. In fact, it's finally starting
to dawn on his supporters that the wall
is never going to happen, and they are
very upset about it. -Democrats are
going to win on this. There will be no money for the President and his wall
this time. -Not a penny! Forget wall.
Think border security. -I think that not funding
the wall is going to go down as one of the
worst, worst things to have happened
to this administration. Forget Mueller. The wall, the
wall, the wall has to be built. And this was a scandal
that it hasn't been built. -Well, it's very sad.
We needed the wall. -That's a real fight,
and I don't know that he minds dragging it out
for a while. -Is it something
he just needs — -…series of
two-week agreements. -It is something he just
needs to give up on, though? -Wow, man. They're talking
about the wall like they just lost a pet. Trump's gonna have to have a special chat
with the Fox & Friends. "Mr. Trump,
where'd the wall go?" "It went to a farm upstate to live with
all the other walls." Because he knows he's never gonna get any money
for his wall. Trump has been lying and claiming
he's already building it just by putting up some fencing
with existing money. But now supporters
are starting to figure out that's also a lie. Here's Trump lying about the
wall followed by a very confused Laura Ingraham trying to
figure out what he means. -A lot of wall has been built.
We don't talk about that. But we might as well start
because it's building — It's being built right now.
Big sections of wall. And we will continue that. -Uh, wh– I must have missed
the wall being built. What wall?
Where's it being built, Tom? -I think what he means
is they're upgrading
certain parts of the wall. -That's not a wall.
Stop saying it's a wall.
There's no wall. If you want a wall,
say, "We don't have the wall." I know it's bad
because he made the promise, but they're not
building the wall. -Wow! She went through all five stages
of grief in five seconds. It's like watching someone realize they're in the Matrix
in real time. "This isn't real!
None of this is real!" So, today, Trump,
the political genius, said at the last minute
he would not sign a deal to keep the government open,
and in response, outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan scrambled to find a way
to get him money for his wall, which is a fitting end
to Paul Ryan's career. Ryan had spent all year
loyally serving Trump and ignoring
his many abuses of power, even openly admitting he doesn't pay attention
to Trump's scandals. -Mark Sanford yesterday, speaking on
the Stormy Daniels story, said allegations of hush money
are a big deal. I guess first question is, do you agree
with that characterization? -I haven't put a second
of thought into this. It's just not
on my radar screen. -This must bother you. "Access Hollywood,"
Stormy Daniels, Karen McDougal. At a certain point,
it must be embarrassing. -Well, look,
I didn't read the article. -Is it appropriate,
in your view, for the White House to invoke
executive…and deny — -No. I'm not familiar with
exactly what happened yesterday. I've been a little busy
with some other tasks. -Man, Paul Ryan might be
a bad House Speaker, but he'd be a great roommate. "Hey, Paul, my friends
are coming over to watch the UFC fight, and then
my punk band's gonna practice." "That's cool.
I'll be busy with other tasks." Yesterday in his
farewell address, Ryan decried what he called
our broken politics, but Ryan is the one
who spent two years ignoring Trump's many scandals and actively praising Trump
in truly absurd ways, like when the GOP passed
their corporate tax cut. -Something this big,
something this generational, something this profound
could not have been done without exquisite
presidential leadership. -I'm sorry. Did you just
use the word "exquisite" to describe Donald Trump? You're talking about him
like he's an art installation at the Guggenheim. He's not exactly a Picasso. I mean, look at him.
If he looks like anything, he looks like he was painted
by Edvard Munch. [ Laughter ] Although, you know what?
He'd fit right in in that Salvador Dalí painting
with all those melting clocks. Watching Ryan frantically
try to scrape together money
for Trump's border wall is a fitting way
for his career to end. Ryan used high-minded rhetoric about the importance
of our institutions while Trump degraded
those institutions. For example,
Ryan had nothing to say when the President's lawyer,
Rudy Giuliani, went on TV and literally said
that truth isn't truth. -When you tell me that,
you know, he should testify because he's going to tell the
truth and he shouldn't worry, well, that's so silly because it's somebody's version
of the truth, not the truth. He didn't have a conversation — -Truth is truth.
I don't mean to go, like — -No, it isn't truth!
Truth isn't truth! The President of the United
States says, "I didn't –" -Truth is a truth. Mr. Mayor,
do you realize what — This is gonna become a bad meme. -No. No, no.
Don't do this to me. -In every interview,
every interview, Rudy sounds like a grandpa whose adult children
just put him in a nursing home. "Don't do this to me! I can live on my own!
Just get me a stair lift!" Also, can we go back
to this part real quick? -This is gonna become
a bad meme. -Chuck Todd, why are you talking
to this guy about memes? He doesn't know what a meme is. Rudy probably things a meme
is one of those guys who pretends to be trapped
behind an invisible wall. Well, truth is truth,
and now the truth is starting to catch up
to Rudy and Trump like when we learned recently
that Trump and his former lawyer,
Michael Cohen, had lied about plans to build
a Trump Tower in Moscow during the 2016 campaign. After insisting that he never had any business deals
in Russia, Trump went back on all that
and admitted he did try to build a Trump Tower in Moscow but insisted it wasn't
that big a deal. -It was during
the early part of '16 and I guess even before that. It lasted
a short period of time. I didn't do the project.
I decided not to do the project. So I didn't do it. So we're not
talking about doing a project. We're talking about
not doing a project. We decided — I decided
ultimately not to do it. There would have been
nothing wrong if I did do it. If I did do it, there would have
been nothing wrong. That was a project that
we didn't do, I didn't do. It was just reported very well
by Catherine Herridge, who's a terrific reporter
on Fox. She talks about a letter
that he signed. I don't even remember it. And it specifically
talks about this deal. -Trump only knows three words,
and then when he runs out, he starts drawing invisible
squares with his hand. I guess you could call him
a French meme. The Trump Tower project
was apparently so serious that there was actually
an official letter of intent signaling that Trump
wanted to go forward with it. Now, you heard Trump there say he didn't really know
anything about that letter. And on top of that,
Rudy insists that the letter wasn't a big deal
for one important reason. He told CNN there was
a letter of intent to go forward but no one signed it. Oh, come on, Rudy.
That's your excuse? No one signed it? What's next? "He tried to mail it, but he
doesn't know Putin's address." [ Laughter ] Well, you will never guess
what happened. This week, we found out
that Rudy was either lying or very wrong when he said
no one signed the letter. -This is the letter of intent for the proposed
Trump Tower Moscow. All right?
It is signed by Donald J. Trump. It's a lot of pages, man,
with a lot of detail about what they wanted
and how they wanted it and how he'd be paid. And there's his signature. Okay? -So Trump lied
about the letter, too. Mr. President, let me put this
in a way you'll understand. You went on TV and said
you didn't sign the letter. But now the feds might bust down
your door and put you in a cell, and then we'll be stuck
with President Mike Pence. [ Cheers and applause ] So… how did Rudy explain the fact
that Trump's signature actually does appear
in the letter? He said he was confused. -Rudy Giuliani is commenting
to our Dana Bash, a new comment. I'm seeing that he was wrong if he said that the President
didn't sign this letter. He said,
"I haven't seen the quote, but I probably meant to say
that there was never a deal, much less a signed one." So some very, very confusing
statements from Rudy Giuliani. You don't want a lawyer, especially one working for the
President of the United States, who is going to say two things completely opposite
of one another. -You wouldn't,
but that's exactly the kind of lawyer
Donald Trump wants. He thinks he's
psyching everyone out by putting a crazy person on TV. Trump watched "Lethal Weapon"
and thought, "I want a lawyer like that!" Every Rudy interview
basically goes like this. -Joining me now
is the President's attorney. -Yeah, you want to see crazy? -Trump is in serious
legal jeopardy just as Democrats prepare
to take over the House, and he's hoping he can
salvage his presidency by threatening a shutdown
over his wall. I'm not saying he's scared,
but his pants are… -Tremendously wet. -This has been "A Closer Look."

Maurice Vega

28 Responses

  1. Political Genius. My ten year old nephew is smarter than the President. OMG! Someone on Fox News doubts him.

  2. Politicians in this country will become polarized for a wall when Millions of Americans Are dying in our own country From Vietnam type tactics Already threatened by Venezuela's acting president.

  3. 4:04 theres $600 million of money the trumpf criminal administration already secured to build 30-35 miles of the wall OVER PROTECTED BUTTERFLY RESERVE AREAS

    LOOK IT UP! :((((

  4. Clown talk about real issues,traitor paid by deep state. JOHN PODESTA CAUGHT UP IN MASSIVE TREASONOUS ACT, INDICTMENT COMING? Mueller is in a MAJOR conflict of interests,every conviction could be overturned by the courts. No walls no borders, no USA. Lived 10 years in Florida where illegal Latinos used Mexico as a revolving door to the rest of Latin America, in and out of Florida. WE WANT JUSTICE for the abuse of Trump and the 63 Million people that voted for him. Both Pelosi and Schumer are dangerous for the country. Deep state and Soros paying for the destruction of America via the Dems.

  5. To all those that hate President Trump, The truth is I want you dead and President Trump helps me accomplish that objective much faster.
    So keep running your mouths, whining and lamenting – It's music to my ears.
    Without you seth has nobody to feed his narcissism.

  6. For all of you who believe mexico is not paying for the wall you're greatly mistaken.
    We're taking the money from EL Chapo and friends.
    For those that believe President Trump is AN EMBARRASSING ,,LYING DEMENTED , PSYCHOPATHIC BUFFOON.
    Those are the very reasons I voted for him, in the hopes that he would actually kill you.

  7. Asking as an American for an outside look to a German, is America being a bit of a hypocrite right now?

  8. But but but but… Trump said mexico was paying for it!!! I'm shocked! Who knew he was going to lie about that and many many many many many many many many many many many other things… Jeees
    Bubba J

    What kind of invasion requires Trump shifting our tax dollars from other departments for the wall when, so far, only three cans of tear gas, tossed over the current fence have been warding off the immigrants?

  10. What a great point on why wasn’t it approved of being built when Trumphole also had the GOP strengthened Senate and Congress. It tells me the GOP isn’t really supportive of a wall.


  12. Federal employees are constrained by Hatch Act when it comes to partisan political activities. AGFE 's Law Suit against Government for violation of the FLSA is evidence a majority of Federal Employees not supporting this Shutdown. Instead of following the rule of law and bargaining (negotiating) in good faith, the President is disproportionately punishing the little guy with this Partisan Political shutdown. By politicizing government operations, the President is showing how unworthy he is to be the leader of the USA. U. S. Presidents are supposed to be trustworthy and honest, not fickle and dishonest. Tragically, the Republican Party is being complicit in the lies, crimes and inability to govern in a civil manner. One of the primary jobs of the President and Congress is to operate the government in a non-partisan manner. There should never be ANY government closures based on budget matters. Holding employees hostage and forcing them to work without pay violates the FLSA – as noted herein, there are law suits regarding the FLSA matter right now. And, forced labor is a violation of the 13th Amendment. Any Supreme Court worth its salt would immediately issue an injunction stopping the forced labor without pay. Any Congress worth its salt would pass veto-proof government funding bills to get the government functioning. Any President worth their salt would never allow a shutdown for partisan political reasons. Note: while compelling work without pay is not as brutal as the slavery of old, compelling work without pay is one component of slavery. If there was a law requiring payment of salary, even in the event of government closure, there would never be any closures as there would be no reason to shutter the government. And a closure based on partisan politics is not only illegal and wrong, it hurts the poor and lower income folks A LOT more than the rich. For 2020, if you want to get out the vote, get involved by leading the way on getting a Statewide citizen generated referendum onto your State's Ballot. Get one referendum onto the State Ballot that people care about and that impacts them as individuals and the citizens will vote!

  13. I'm not saying it's true, but if a foreign government or domestic movement were trying to discredit, dismantle, and weaken a country, this is exactly what it would look like.

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