A Taste of the Next Two Years

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December 11, 2018 12:47 p.m.

We’ve just finished a wild press availability with President Trump, Vice President Pence and Democratic leaders Pelosi and Schumer. This was clearly not something Trump was prepared for, as predictable as it was. There are a few takeaways. One is Schumer at the very end baiting Trump into defiantly insisting he’ll be “proud” to shut down the government. (“I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck.”) Another is Pelosi, steel without bluster, formidable in any circumstance but particularly for Trump who couldn’t seem to find either weakness or escalation. He would switch over to Schumer for a break. My tweeted blurbs for some of the clips are a bit flippant. But each captures a revealing moment in the increasingly combustible exchange. Clips after the jump.

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