Dec 21, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Trump shifts blame to Democrats for possible government shutdown

President Trump tweeted Friday that it would be a "Democrat Shutdown" if Senate Democrats vote down the short-term spending bill that the House passed last night, which includes $5.7 billion for Trump's border wall.

"Senator Mitch McConnell should fight for the Wall and Border Security as hard as he fought for anything. He will need Democrat votes, but as shown in the House, good things happen. If enough Dems don’t vote, it will be a Democrat Shutdown! House Republicans were great yesterday!"

Why it matters: Trump said last week that he'd be "proud to shut down the government," and said he would take full responsibility for a shutdown over border security. Meanwhile, the bill passed by the House last night is almost certainly going to fail in the Senate, and a partial government shutdown will go into effect at midnight if no deal is reached. This week, Trump shot down a short-term spending bill that the Senate approved over border security.

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