It's a total sham.
Trump admitted that he plans to waste thousands in tax dollars for a trip to the U.S.-Mexico border just for a meaningless photo op.
The New York Times reported that he then gestured to his team of senior communications aides — Bill Shine, Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kellyanne Conway — and said, "these people behind you say it's worth it."
A trip requires the use of government resources. Taxpayers foot the bill for travel aboard Air Force One, along with paying for security from the Secret Service and local police officers.
Democrats have refused to spend billions in tax dollars constructing the wall, and in retaliation Trump has forced the federal government to shut down, hurting countless people in the process.
Trump has engaged in a series of made-for-television stunts during the shutdown aimed at intimidating the Democrats. But they have been a complete failure.
Public opinion firmly shows Americans want the government to reopen, and they do not buy Trump's lies that the wall is a worthwhile endeavor or that there is a "crisis" of dangerous immigrants currently flooding the country.
The comment to the television anchors shows that — as usual — Trump is orchestrating a pathetic reality show while dealing with serious, consequential issues. He and his media team are wasting the country's time and performing for the camera while thousands of Americans have to clean up the mess he is leaving behind.
For once Trump told the truth. None of his stunts will "change a damn thing."
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.