As shutdown ends, Trump hits the canvas – but not for long

Donald Trump’s abrupt cave-in on the US government shutdown left him licking his wounds, as did the FBI’s arrest of his close associate Roger Stone. But his bullish tendencies are unlikely to be curtailed as a result

27th January, 2019
A huge accumulation of public pressure caused Donald Trump to finally give way on the US government shutdown Picture: Getty

Like bankruptcy, the end to the longest government shutdown in US history came very slowly at first, then all at once. Last Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump’s sudden surrender was unconditional, blindsiding his most trenchant supporters and bewildering advisers who believed he was preparing for the shutdown to continue into March.

After 35 days of assuring the American public that he was not for turning, Trump executed a 180-degree volte face during his...

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