Americans Blame Trump for Shutdown

Bloomberg

U.S. lawmakers were scrambling Monday to avert a partial government shutdown, with Republican and Democratic leaders locked in a stalemate over President Donald Trump's demands for border wall funding.

But speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press, " Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said Trump needs to understand there are not enough votes in either the House or Senate for the $5 billion he's seeking for the wall, a key campaign promise.

Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer appeared on NBC Meet the Press on Sunday, and vowed Mr Trump "is not going to get the wall in any form".

On Monday, Mr Trump took to Twitter to attack Democrats who say "you can have good Boarder [sic] Security without a Wall".

Congress is running up against a Friday deadline to finish funding the government, with several news reports suggesting they may look to a short-term "continuing resolution" that funds the government at current levels to get them past the holidays and into the new year.

Some hardcore Trump fans might enjoy the idea of sticking it to federal workers, whom the president equates with the "swamp," while holding out for wall funding.

Building the wall to stop illegal immigration has been a key election plank for President Trump and he has been under pressure from his base to deliver.

Even though the country faces a much smaller shutdown than the last major one, in 2013, plenty of Americans would take notice.

Roughly a quarter of the federal government will shut down next Friday absent a bipartisan deal. The State Department would keep issuing passports - unless the office in question is inside a building run by another agency and that agency gets shut down.

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The challenge for him will only get more hard in January once Democrats formally regain control of the lower chamber of Congress.

When host Margaret Brennan asked if that meant shutting the government down, Miller said it did. "But he shouldn't use innocent workers as hostage for his temper tantrum".

Johnston then recounted some of the past financial shenanigans that the president had engaged in dating back to the 1980s - and he said overturning just a few stones should be enough to show Trump has regularly broken the law.

And the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Rep. Elijah Cummings, Maryland Democrat, said voters want the government to help them, not hurt them, suggesting a shutdown will politically damage Republicans.

The poll found a sharp partisan divide, with 83 percent of Democrats opposed to a shutdown, whereas two-thirds of Republicans were supportive. "I think impeachment is more popular with Democratic primary voters than the wall is with Republican primary voters". Thirty percent would blame both sides equally.

The shutdown would last until both the House and Senate pass a funding bill, and the president signs it.

"I will take the mantle".

"I'm not going to negotiate the details on air with you right now", he told Brennan. "The Trump shutdown is something that can be avoided, that the American people do not need at this time of economic uncertainty, people losing jobs, the market in a mood and the rest", Pelosi told reporters after meeting with Trump.

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