Reportedly, McConnell just announced Trump intends to sign the bill and then take Executive Action and declare an emergency at the border.
Personally, I do not think we know enough about the details of the bill to declare approval or no - yes, I know the talking heads have given their assessment, but they are wrong as often as not. I will happily trust Trump’s judgement on this.
That said, it is a compromise bill with a bunch of people - Democrats - who are flatly opposed to border security - so by definition the bill is caca. Democrat’s opposition to the wall is far more than simply not wanting to give Trump a victory. They are looking to flip states such as Arizona and Texas, etc., with a continued influx of illegals (citizens-in-waiting). Look at Cal less than 2 decades ago - Republican governor and a large number of Repubs in the legislature. Today, it is a rare day in hell that a Repub gets elected on any level of government in Cal. What’s changed? Wholesale demographic change.
Closing part of the Fed government will do Trump no good - in my opinion. We had an election 3 months ago - Dems were handed the House by the voters. As long as voters keep voting for Democrats and for the McCain’s and Ryan’s and, yes the McConnel’s Trump will be nearly a one man parade doing what he can do and what he has the huevos to do.
The majority of the people residing in border states - with the exception of Cal - want the wall/barrier. Most folks in many other parts of the country - specifically, the West coast, East coast and several other population centers, such as Pennsylvania, either oppose the wall or don’t give a crap. How do we know this - they voted heavily Democrat.
There is no moral victory to be had here. Sometimes you take what you can get. $1.375 billion is BS - taking nothing is even more BS. Let me repeat something I said 4 years ago on this site: In government, If you don’t have the votes, you haven’t got Shiite.
I have little doubt that Trump plans to attach money wherever he can find it - I think once he encumbers those additional funds - from Defense and Homeland Security, for example - he will declare a national emergency.
We shall see.