President Trump has warned Democrats that any shutdown will be on their hands, now that the House has passed a bill with $5 billion in wall funding. The Daily Caller reports:
President Donald Trump said he was prepared for a long government shutdown during a bill signing ceremony Friday, as the U.S. Senate is expected to reject a bill that provides $5 billion for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“We are totally prepared for a very long shut down. This is our only chance that we will ever have in our opinion,” Trump declared of his chances at securing funding for his proposed wall. Trump frequently said that it is “totally up to the Democrats” on whether they want to reject the bill or not.
“It’s up to the Democrats. It’s really the Democrat shut down. We’ve done our thing,” he said. The bill was passed by the House of Representatives Thursday night and fully provides the requested $5 billion for the border wall. The passage of the bill is particularly noteworthy because Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told Trump in the Oval Office last week that he did not have the votes in the House for such a bill.
Trump’s declaration comes after he urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to use the nuclear option to end the filibuster in the upper chamber, securing the bill’s passage.
The upcoming shutdown will be politically tough, and will all come down to optics. Who will the American people blame? Chuck Schumer or Donald Trump?