Donald Trump privately admits to “embarrassing defeat”

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Over the weekend, Donald Trump essentially admitted defeat in his trade war with China, only for his handlers to then insist that he didn’t actually say that. Now it turns out Trump is privately admitting defeat on a different issue, and it’s one that’s near and dear to his electoral prospects.

Donald Trump is two and a half years into his presidency, and there is still no semblance of the border wall that he spent his entire 2016 campaign promising. He said he would build it and Mexico would pay for it. In reality, he hasn’t built anything, and he’s trying to figure out how to make the U.S. pay for it. Now he’s admitting the whole thing has been a failure.

Trump has told his advisers that the lack of a border wall is going to be a “letdown to his supporters and an embarrassing defeat,” according to the Washington Post. The article then goes on to document all the ways in which Trump is now desperately trying to figure out how to magically pull a wall out of his backside before the general election gets underway, but the reality is that it’s too late.

Publicly, Donald Trump appears to already be moving on to Plan B, which consists of simply pretending the wall has been built. Today he tweeted “The Wall is going up very fast” and included an absurd video of a small section of fence that is definitely not a wall. Trump can’t go into 2020 promising to build the wall, because he promised that last time. Now he’s left privately admitting defeat, and trying to convince his base that an imaginary wall now exists.

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