Trump aides claim public support ROCKETED during shutdown despite key backers branding president a ‘wimp’ for ‘caving in’ on border wall
They say the move bolstered his standings in "key political battlegrounds" even though he was branded a WIMP for restarting government without clinching funding for his wall.
Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale commissioned a survey taken during the final days of the shutdown.
It covered 10 Republican districts that Democrats won in the 2018 midterms and found although some voters blamed Trump for the shutdown many still supported his push for a border wall.
Political insiders say the news means the President might even toughen his stance in future negotiations over the controversial border barrier.
“Voters believe the current situation at the border represents a national security threat and a majority support building a wall or barrier,” pollsters Newhouse and Blizzard wrote in a memo about the survey results, since obtained by POLITICO.
In the memo, the pollsters wrote 61 per cent “support the president’s position on border security,” and “52 per cent of voters agree ‘the current situation at the border between the United States and Mexico represents a national security threat to the US.’”
SUPPORT FOR A BORDER WALL
They also said that 53 per cent “support ‘building a border wall or barrier to improve security between the US and Mexico.’”
The welcome news comes after the Don was accused of caving in to the Democrats by former staunch ally Ann Coulter.
“Good news for George Herbert Walker Bush: As of today, he is no longer the biggest wimp ever to serve as President of the United States,” she wrote last Friday.
The President, however, was quick to hit back.
“I hear she’s become very hostile,” he told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published Sunday. “Maybe I didn’t return her phone call or something.”
Earlier today it was reported the shutdown has cost the country $11 billion – twice the cost of Trump’s proposed Mexico wall.
According to the Congressional Budget Office America’s economy lost the sum during the five-week period of the longest shutdown in US history.
Around 800,000 government workers went without pay after the President and Congress reached an impasse over a new funding bill.
The key sticking point was Trump’s demand that Congress include $5.7bn to build a wall along the Mexican border.
The shutdown ended on Friday when the President and Congress agreed to temporary government funding – without money for his wall.
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