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In Chaotic Exchange, Trump Tells Democrat Leaders He'd Be 'Proud' To Shut Down the Government

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | December 11, 2018 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | December 11, 2018 |


Minutes ago in the Oval Office, Donald Trump met with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to discuss the upcoming budget. The meeting itself should have been closed to the press, but you know Trump. He never misses an opportunity to make it about the fight in front of the press. This is another one of those “extraordinary” moments in this Presidency, where the President squabbles with Congressional leaders in front of the cameras while Mike Pence sits back and mumbles to himself, “God, when will this all be over?”

Basically, all that Trump is done here is to put himself in a bind: Either he doesn’t shut down the government and takes heat from his base for not following through on his promise, or he shuts down the government and takes heat from everyone else, because Trump has taken away any opportunity he might have had to blame it on the Democrats by saying that he would be “proud” to shut down the government.

I’m sure the thousands of government employees would be “proud” to go without a salary while Trump waits for funding for an unpopular Wall from Congressional leaders who will never give it to him. Nor should they.

In the meantime, Pelosi stood her ground, and successfully pushed back.

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