The Wall Street Journal reports:
President Trump said Sunday he doesn’t believe congressional negotiators will strike a deal over border-wall funding that he could accept and vowed that he would build a wall anyway, using emergency powers if need be.
Polling shows voters largely blamed Mr. Trump for a shutdown that left about 800,000 federal workers without pay. Over the weekend, Mr. Trump took heat from some conservative commentators who said he had caved to Democrats for reopening the government without wall funding.
Commentator Ann Coulter, for example, described Mr. Trump as a “wimp.” “I hear she’s become very hostile,” Mr. Trump said in the interview. “Maybe I didn’t return her phone call or something.”
The Washington Post reports:
Also on Sunday, he attacked two top reporters for Fox News, his news channel of choice, saying they had displayed “even less understanding of the Wall negotiations than the folks at FAKE NEWS CNN & NBC!”
Together, the swipes represent one more piece of evidence that the dawn of divided government has put Trump in a dangerous and defensive political position, compounded by the indictment on Friday of his longtime associate Roger Stone.
They show just how much he depends on positive punditry and other forms of approval. And they telegraph his sensitivity to criticism, particularly from people he has identified as friends, loyal to his often-dubious claims.
Never thought I’d say this but I think @johnrobertsFox and @GillianHTurner @FoxNews have even less understanding of the Wall negotiations than the folks at FAKE NEWS CNN & NBC! Look to final results! Don’t know how my poll numbers are so good, especially up 19% with Hispanics?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2019