President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to blame the Democrats for shutting down the government, accusing them of prioritizing illegal aliens over the military and American citizens.
Trump said, “Democrats are holding our Military hostage over their desire to have unchecked illegal immigration. Can’t let that happen!”
He chastised them for not making a deal earlier in the day and playing ‘Shutdown politics.’
“They could have easily made a deal but decided to play Shutdown politics instead,” Trump tweeted.
Trump and Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) met late last night but weren’t able to reach a deal.
Democrats are refusing to approve the funding until they get DACA passed, despite the fact that they have no real objection to anything in the funding bill and DACA has until March before it expires.
It means they’re seeing the funding of the government as their leverage to get DACA and they wouldn’t let it go, even if it hurts Americans.
From Fox News:
Congress overnight failed to reach an agreement on a temporary spending bill to keep the federal government from running out of money. It has resulted in the temporary shuttering of at least some agencies and services and furloughing some non-essential employees.
The GOP-led House passed a temporary spending measure earlier this week but it failed in the Senate, where the Republican Party has just a 51-49 member majority.
House and Senate members remain on Capitol Hill this weekend. The House is holding a rare Saturday session, but procedural moves in the Senate will likely mean no final resolution until at least Monday.
Democrats have been trying to push the talking point that it’s the Republicans fault because they control the House, the Senate and the Presidency.
But Trump, in strong Twitter messaging, explained why that talking point was false.
“For those asking, the Republicans only have 51 votes in the Senate, and they need 60,” Trump said in another tweet Saturday. “That is why we need to win more Republicans in 2018 Election! We can then be even tougher on Crime (and Border), and even better to our Military & Veterans!”
Trump pointed out one reason that Democrats might be doing this now. With very good economic news and the State of the Union coming up Democrats are looking in a bad way. They need to disrupt and deflect from the good news.
On Saturday morning, Trump tweeted: “This is the One Year Anniversary of my Presidency and the Democrats wanted to give me a nice present. #DemocratShutdown.”
Democrats are so used to Republicans caving as they did under former president Barack Obama that they don’t know what to do with these newly emboldened Republicans and a stubborn Trump.
And that’s a good thing.
H/T Right Scoop
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]