Donald Trump was licking his wounds in the White House this weekend after some of his most enthusiastic supporters turned on him, calling him a “wimp” for backing down over the US government shutdown.
In one of the biggest gambles of his presidency Mr Trump shut down large swathes of his own state apparatus for over a month in a high stakes game of poker with Democrats.
The president was seeking agreement for $5.7 billion in funding for his border wall, but he ended up with nothing after succumbing to pressure to reopen the government.
His opponent, Nancy Pelosi, the Democrat speaker of the House of Representatives, walked away with the plaudits. Her belief that voters would blame Mr Trump for…