Donald Trump's abrupt reversal on the decision to shut down the federal government over a lack of funding for his border wall was a shock to many political experts --- but not those who were following Fox News closely.
On Thursday, Trump reversed course on previous signals that he would sign a bill to keep the government open even if it did not include the $5 billion in border wall funding he was seeking. In a shocking move, the president told Republican congressional leaders that he had decided not to sign the short-term resolution to keep the government open, and CNN analyst Chris Cillizza believes that Fox News is at the heart of the decision.
He noted that Donald Trump is very easily swayed by segments he watches on Fox News, and his favorite show, Fox & Friends, had blasted Trump for giving in on his demand for border wall funding.
"What a stunning turn of events," Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy said on the show.
"If [Trump] agrees to the [short-term funding resolution] which would continue funding the government at the current levels... he loses and the Democrats will win everything they want."
"If you think that criticism didn't impact Trump's thinking on the wall, you don't know Trump," Cillizza wrote.
"He prizes his political base over all else. And he views Fox and Friends as the in-house programming for the base. If Fox and Friends is blasting him, Trump knows his base hears it."