nearvideo-Howard Kurtz: Why Trump base rebelled about hot-button topics
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on some of the conservative media and Trump the base is always angry with the President, the decision to move American troops out of Syria, as well as his decision to take on the border wall-financing.
In the space of 48 hours, President Trump some of his conservative supporters has pretty riled up.
Its preliminary decision to punt for now on the financing of the boundary wall of the Senate, a kick-the-can stopgap on Wednesday — sparked a counter-reaction on the right side, threatened to blow up the deal yesterday.
“It is what calls the drive-by media compromise,” Rush Limbaugh declared. “Trump gets nothing and the Democrats get everything, including the control of the house in a couple of weeks.”
Ann Coulter, a strong supporter of a stricter approach to immigration, told The Daily Caller, without the wall of Trump’s term in office was a “joke presidency, and betrayed the American people.” She said she would again vote for trump, because the only reason was for Jared and Ivanka, to earn more money.
In breaking Twitter news, @real Donald trump immediately unfollowed.
Then the President surprised many of his own aides, Congress supporters and allies overseas, with the announcement that the United States withdraw its troops from Syria.
On his favorite show, “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade called the decision “stunning and irresponsible … no one thinks that ISIS is defeated. No one who understands, who was born after the year 2000, sees what happened, after 9/11, understood.”
On the hill, and Lindsey Graham, as a rule, Trump’s closest ally, condemned the decision, calling it a “stain” on America’s honor, and say, the Republicans would go “nuts” if Barack had done to Obama.
Some were going nuts anyway.
And in a coda to the day, the President announced that Jim Mattis, who is against the Syrian pullout, the retirement of. While several outlets say that the Pentagon-announced-in-chief in protest, my own reporting that Trump forced him to do so.
Both of these episodes marked a rare revolt of trump-based, and underlines how the President squeezed sometimes between his conservative campaign promises and the reality of governance. We saw similar tensions in the failed attempts to repeal ObamaCare.
But there is also the zig-highlights-zag nature trump the decision-making process. He is the one that a government shutdown was threatened in a televised meeting with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, only to quietly agree to a stopgap funding measure after Democrats dug in to the wall, the financing.
After an outcry by Mark meadows and the house freedom Caucus group, trump called in a hurry for a meeting with house Republicans, tweeted: “When I signed reluctantly, under, the Omnibus Bill, I was promised that the wall and border security. Would until the end of the year (for NOW). It didn’t happen! We are not foolish to fight for border security to other countries – but for our beloved U. S. A. is good!”
The problem is that Trump has little influence on this, because even a shutdown at midnight tonight, would, in stretching the Democrats takeover of the house in a couple of weeks. Nevertheless, the Congress is famous specied for the Declaration of victory with tape about compromises, how to draw a that would allow trump wall-funds from the military construction costs.
On Syria, the President Mattis (prompt stories about the Pentagon chief overruled the declining influence), blindsided, some White House aides and stunned the Western Alliance. Vladimir Putin, on the other hand, welcomed the move.
But it was, as Trump says, is no surprise. He had long argued against the endless military entanglements in the Middle East. So he tweeted:
“I have campaigns that stay there for years, and six months ago, as I wanted to make it very publicly, I agreed, longer. Russia, Iran, Syria, & the others are the local enemy of the ISIS. We were there to work. Come time to go home & re-build…we want to be it forever?”
Where the President got great delays, especially from the conservative foreign policy types, will be defeated in the Declaration of ISIS. During the Caliphate no longer controlled large parts of the country, experts say, it remains a force for terror. Another point of criticism of Graham and others, is that this amounts to a task of the Kurds, our allies, were not given a heads-up.
David Sanger in a neutral analysis in The New York Times, said: “Mr Trump, the biggest critics, the Democrats, have a hard time to him to this decision.
“Mr. Trump is of the view that the American troops will not change the strategic balance in the Middle East, and should not be there, was, in principle, jointly by his immediate predecessor, Barack Obama. It was Mr Obama, the promise of almost exactly the same moment in his presidency, announced the removal of America’s last troops in Iraq — the fulfillment of an election.”
The right spent years ripping Obama for pulling remaining U.S. troops from Iraq, they don’t want us there. And Obama had against George W. Bush ‘ s war.
It is an established fact that Trump the pleasures of what the elites say is now is unwise, and surprising even its own employees with abrupt decisions. But I suspect that many trump supporters whose children were struggling may be more likely to want this war, will shed no tears over the Syrian withdrawal.
Still, this is the first time in his presidency, that Trump is facing serious blowback from the conservative media on two very important topics. Maybe the airing of these differences is healthy for both sides.