Lindsey Graham urges Trump to reopen the government

Senator Lindsey Graham has not minced words in his support for the government shutdown over funding for the border wall, though he also seemed to fancy himself a key dealmaker on a “grand bargain” to trade DREAMers for the border wall funding that  President Trump is desperate to secure.

Once it became clear that the White House wasn’t interested in that deal, Graham’s morale apparently plummeted. He told press: “I have never been more depressed about moving forward than I am right now.”

While he previously had strong words for Trump, insisting that backing down was tantamount to the end of the Trump presidency and the end of the Republican Party, now Graham seems to have changed his tune.

As the shutdown hits record lengths and the dominoes continue to fall as a result, Graham is telling Trump to go ahead and re-open the government.

On Fox News Sunday, Graham said:

“I would urge him to open up the government for a short period of time, like three weeks, before he pulls the plug. See if we can get a deal. If we can’t at the end of three weeks, all bets are off. See if he can do it by himself through the emergency powers.”

Between this and Trump blowing up at his new chief of staff Mick Mulvaney in front of Congressional leaders over the handling of the shutdown, the President is surely steamed. His approval ratings just keep sinking and far more Americans blame him for the shutdown than blame Pelosi and the Democrats.
It sure seems like Trump needs to find a way out of the mess…did Graham just show him how?