Twitter seems to have gotten the best of President Trump, as the game show host-turned President of the United States took three hours to finish an earlier tweet.
Trump is likely feeling pressured to defend his administration’s request to include $1.4 billion in new spending for his proposed new border wall in the spending bill Congress is debating in order to keep the federal government running after April 29. The Trump White House recently drew a hard line in the sand regarding the wall, saying the president wouldn’t sign a bill Congress put on his desk for federal spending if his request for border wall appropriations wasn’t met.
To make matters worse for Trump, both Democrats and Republicans who represent states and Congressional districts bordering Mexico say they won’t agree to the new spending for Trump’s wall. Because the spending bill needs to clear a 60-vote hurdle in the U.S. Senate, any attempt to sneak in border wall funding will need the support of Democrats, who are united in their opposition to building the new wall.
In an effort to avoid a potential government shutdown, Trump tweeted his defense of the wall on Monday morning. However, even defending the need for new border wall construction in 140 characters confounded President Trump, as two tweets defending the proposal were sent three hours apart from each other:
….the wall is not built, which it will be, the drug situation will NEVER be fixed the way it should be!#BuildTheWall
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 24, 2017
The fact that President Trump took as long as he did to finish the tweet was not lost on White House correspondents, who were poking fun at the president all morning long for leaving everyone hanging. Shannon Pettypiece, the White House correspondent for Bloomberg News, astutely noted that Trump finished the tweet while having lunch with the United Nations’ Security Council at the White House.
Kind of remarkable—Trump not only took 3 hrs and 3 mins to finish his 2nd tweet, but he actually sent *another*, off-topic tweet in between. pic.twitter.com/BWuqUivrCz
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 24, 2017
3 hours and 3 minutes later pic.twitter.com/sFfQ4HVd3s
— Mark Berman (@markberman) April 24, 2017
A three hour delay between this and the other end of the … Also, isn't Trump at lunch now with UN ambassadors? https://t.co/orowEFh7n4
— Shannon Pettypiece (@spettypi) April 24, 2017
The old tweet 1/2, go do president stuff for three hours, tweet 2/2 https://t.co/JJFrZ8Sgar
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) April 24, 2017
Beginning construction on the new border wall within the first 100 days of his presidency was one of Trump’s biggest campaign promises, along with repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Because Trump’s attempt to get rid of his predecessor’s signature healthcare reform package fell flat on its face, funding the border wall before April 29 is especially important for Trump.
Tom Cahill is a writer for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook by clicking here.