Same old. Same old. Here’s the story.
You’ll remember it was not long ago that the Democrats, then having no control of either house of Congress, offered to let Trump have the wall in exchange for permanent protections for the dreamers. Everyone seemed to think that was a fair deal, even Trump. A bipartisan deal was struck in Congress, but then Trump backed out for reasons and motivations which seemed murky. (Phone call to Hannity?)
So Trump could have had his wall funding a year ago. He completely won that exchange with the then-powerless Democrats in the sense that all he had to do was to “trade” it for something he professed to agree with anyway.
And then he didn’t.
And now 800,000 working people are without paychecks, and about half of them are still expected to work! Not to mention all the other consequences of the shutdown.