Does this sound like blackmail to you? From Rollcall today, January 3, 2019, in response to criticisms of Trump bringing border patrol agents to defend the idea of The Wall.
The president’s first appearance in the briefing room flanked by wall-advocating federal workers could raise eyebrows among House Democrats. They took control of the chamber on Thursday and are gearing up for a slew of investigations of Trump’s 2016 campaign and his time in office. The episode could become just one more piece of fodder for those probes.
On Thursday, however, a senior White House official warned Democrats to tread lightly with those investigations if they want to collaborate with Trump on things like infrastructure legislation, which he later in the day again said is something on which he wants to partner with Pelosi this year.
“If the Democrats go down that losing pathway of just focusing on subpoenas,” White House Strategic Communications Director Mercedes Schlapp told reporters, “I think it will hurt them in the long run.”