US President Donald Trump is finding himself increasingly isolated less than a week ahead of a potential shutdown of the federal government if Congress does not provide $5 billion to build his proposed wall along the US-Mexico border.
Trump said last week he would be “proud” to have a partial shutdown to get Congress to support funding for the border wall. However, even fellow Republicans in Congress have acknowledged that the president has backed himself into a corner by his demand.
Republicans are privately expressing frustration that the president has weakened the GOP’s negotiating position with the Democrats.
There is also a perception within the party that Trump might not be worried about the fallout if his base delights in the dispute with Democrats.
“Trump will get the blame, but he won’t care,” one GOP lawmaker told The Hill. “And the base will love him for it.”
Democratic leaders have proposed no more than $1.6…