Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy expressed his disappointment at President Donald Trump’s decision not to shut down the government over funding for his border wall. The Democrats are winning the shutdown battle, Doocy said, calling it “a stunning turn of events.”
“What a stunning turn of events,” Doocy said. “It was just last week that the president was in the Oval Office with Chuck and Nancy and said, ‘I would be proud to shut down the government.’ Building the wall is worth shutting down the government.’”
He added: “And now, it’s like, you know, ‘We’re looking at other departments for the money.’’’
Steve Doocy: In “a stunning turn of events,” Nancy Pelosi is winning the shutdown battle with President Trump pic.twitter.com/O57Pap0jVn
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) December 19, 2018
Pivoting to talk about the continuing resolution to fund the government and keep it open, Doocy said:
“If he agrees to the CR, which would continue funding the government at the current levels, he won’t get 1-point-anything for the wall, and the sky-high spending from Congress, which he ran against when he was running for president, it’s going to continue. He loses, and the Democrats will win everything they want.”
This statement prompted co-host Ainsley Earhardt to chime in with, “Some are wondering, ‘Is this a win for Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer or is he being the adult and trying to compromise so that the government doesn’t shut down?’”
But Doocy’s implication that this turn of events was unexpected didn’t quite land.
Hah – “ stunning “ anyone with a brain saw it coming
— bobbie (@31977princess) December 19, 2018
The greatest negotiator loses again! What a terrific businessman he is! Baahaahaa!!
— SassyMamaw (@ArkansasMamaw10) December 19, 2018
"Stunning" – No. "Expected" – Yes.
— Christy Allison (@christyallison) December 19, 2018
President Trump has caved, and his decision not to shut down the government comes the same week as a USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll which found that most Americans would blame Trump and the Republicans, not congressional Democrats, for the government shutdown the president had threatened.