Trump Threatens to Shut Down Gov't in Oval Office Feud with Pelosi, Schumer

At a White House meeting with top Democrats, Trump proclaims he would be "proud to shut down the government".

During negotiations over a year-end spending bill, Trump Threatens a Government Shutdown if he does not get his wall.

President Trump sparred in public with top Democrats on Tuesday, declaring he would shut down the U.S. government if the Congress doesn’t fund his proposed border wall, an indication that negotiations over a year-end spending bill would continue without an imminent resolution.

Mr. Trump’s willingness to assume responsibility for a partial government shutdown defied congressional Republicans’ intention to blame the Democrats if it happens. A physical wall at the border with Mexico, a central item in the president’s agenda and rallying-cry for his base, has emerged as the biggest sticking point in the negotiations.

“If we don’t get what we want one way or another, whether it’s through you, through the military, through whatever you want to call, I will shut down the government,” Mr. Trump told House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) in the Oval Office.

“I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck.”

Oval Office Debate

The debate is amusing or pathetic, depending in your point of view.

The video is below. Start at about the five minute mark. Pelosi repeatedly moans about the debate being in public. Then Trump gets into it with Schumer at the end.

Play the final 11 minutes and watch the discussion go straight downhill.

After the meeting Schumer told the press: “We gave the president two ways, each of which will get a majority in the House and 60 votes in the Senate and will avoid a shutdown. We hope he’ll take it because a shutdown hurts too many innocent people.”

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (35)
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shamrock
shamrock

I thought all agencies other than Homeland Security already had full year funding, so wouldn't it just be a partial shutdown of 1 agency? Second question, we already spend $15-$25B a year enforcing the border and immigration laws, how much is enough?

KidHorn
KidHorn

Whenever there's a shutdown, the essential personnel still have to go to work, but they're limited in what they can work on. It has to be support of a critical system. They can't do any new work. Just maintain existing things. And most of what they maintain are things used by non essential personnel who aren't at work. So they sit around and do nothing for the most part. Essential personnel are almost entirely contractors while non essential are almost entirely gov't employees. The gov't employees get the days off and get paid for those days off. Free vacation for them.

Tinfoilhat
Tinfoilhat

Govt shutdown for my neighbors is party time, cry about going back, get paid for the missed time when they get back, yeah that's hurting.

BornInZion
BornInZion

The optics of a"government shutdown" are terrible for the big government stateists: Most Americans won't even notice it is happening!

Ron Cataldi
Ron Cataldi

I'm not really seeing the Republican Party as a going concern after another 2 years like this. I think they're going to be forced to turn on Trump to save what's left of their party.