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Trump vs. Pelosi: The Battle That Will Define 2019 and Beyond

Robert Dimuro

Posted on January 6, 2019 19:32

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How these adversaries play their cards throughout the year will be exciting and suspenseful to watch.

At the start of 2019, it’s clear that the political dynamic has drastically changed. President Trump’s first two years in office involved prodding a majority Republican legislature to follow through on key agenda items on which they campaigned. This proved to be a struggle at various times; however, the real struggles are yet to come. Although Trump has already had to deal with various other headaches, including Robert Mueller, the media, and Federal Court judges, he will have to deal with his biggest headache yet in 2019 - Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

As we begin the third week of the partial government shutdown, neither side appears ready to budge. Funding for the wall is an absolute necessity for Trump and an absolute impossibility for Democrats. Pelosi said the most she would give for the wall is one dollar - emphasizing the point. This is a battle that could rage on for weeks or even months, which would make it by far the longest shutdown in United States history.

In my opinion, Trump is by far the best suited among Republicans to be President at this moment. His propensity to double down and his keen ability to negotiate are key to weathering this storm and are traits that seem to be absent from Republicans. Trump needs to emerge victorious from this shutdown, not only for his own political saliency but also for the safety and security of the United States. As such, this is only one of the many issues on which Trump and Pelosi are surely to butt heads in 2019.

Now, with a divided Congress, the possibility of impeachment has become much more realistic and, as such, is another burden that Trump may face. As a result of the Mueller investigation, several members of his campaign and administration have already been found guilty of illicit business dealings, campaign finance violations, and lying under oath.

Although there is no evidence that Trump knew of or was involved with any of this illegal activity, these indictments and convictions continually fuel the energy behind the Mueller probe and the ongoing mission of Democrats to oust Trump from the Oval Office. At the very least, the downfall of several key members of Trump’s inner circle is indicative of his failure to hire competent and upstanding people for his campaign and administration.

Unfortunately for Trump, his ability to implement policy will be severely limited with a House led by Pelosi. This is already proving to be true with Trump’s request for a measly $5 billion to fund border security, causing a partial government shutdown. For the most part, Trump may have to rest on his laurels until the end of his term, focusing his efforts on keeping Pelosi in check and campaigning for reelection. As long as Trump can continue to weather the storm and stay loyal to his base, I believe he will emerge victorious and be our President until 2024.

Robert Dimuro

Posted on January 6, 2019 19:32

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