It’s shutdown follies on the Sunday shows this morning as the White House dispatches top aides to reassure Americans that the federal government will still be open for business next weekend. Reince Priebus will swing by “Meet the Press” and Mick Mulvaney will sit down with “Fox News Sunday” to push the “no shutdown” line — but not everyone in the administration is so sure. The New Yorker quotes a mysterious “top official” with a distinctive way of speaking and an apparent penchant for drama who seems to be looking forward to a staredown with the Democrats:
While the potential for a government shutdown has been overshadowed by other events—Syria, North Korea, the attempted repeal of Obamacare—the Trump White House is suddenly seized with the issue. “Next week is going to have quite high drama,” a top White House official, who sounded excited by the coming clash, told me. “It’s going to be action-packed. This one is not getting as much attention, but, trust me, it’s going to be the battle of the titans. And the great irony here is that the call for the government shutdown will come on—guess what?—the hundredth day. If you pitched this in a studio, they would say, ‘Get out of here, it’s too ridiculous.’ This is going to be a big one.”…
“This is going to be high-stakes poker,” the White House official said. When I asked if a shutdown was likely, the official paused for several seconds. “I don’t know,” the official said. The official added, “I just want my wall and my ICE agents.”
I wonder who it could be. Elsewhere, Jeff Sessions will be on “This Week” to address the awkwardness of indicting Julian Assange after Trump spent the campaign celebrating Wikileaks and to see if he wants a do-over on what he said a few days ago about federal judges who sit in Hawaii. And John Kelly will appear on “Face the Nation” and “State of the Union” to discuss whether that mysterious White House official will in fact be getting his wall and his ICE agents. The full line-up is at the AP.