Trump Blames Democrats for Shutdown, Uses It to Campaign for 2018

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a campaign speech about national security in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S. June 13, 2016 in response to the mass shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub. REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTX2G1KH

In his first public comments on the government shutdown, President Trump on Saturday placed the blame entirely on Democrats, who he says “could have easily made a deal.” “Democrats are far more concerned with Illegal Immigrants than they are with our great Military or Safety at our dangerous Southern Border,” he wrote on Twitter, accusing Democrats of playing “shutdown politics.” He also used the government shutdown as a campaign slogan for 2018 midterm elections. “WeNeedMoreRepublicansIn18 to power through mess!” he wrote.

Democratic lawmakers, meanwhile, have said they were close to a deal with Trump but the president unexpectedly bailed on the plan at the last minute. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Saturday he’d offered to discuss a U.S.-Mexico border wall in last-minute negotiations with Trump on Friday, but “even that was not enough to entice the president to finish the deal.” Read more at the NEW YORK TIMES.



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