President Trump is playing a game of chicken with Democrats over the next looming government shutdown. The last one didn’t work out too well for Dems and Trump knows this so he’s using it to his political advantage.
FOX News reports:
Trump says he’d ‘love to see a shutdown’ if Dems won’t back immigration changes
President Trump told Republican lawmakers Tuesday that he would “love to see a shutdown” of the federal government if Democrats do not support his proposed changes to immigration law.
Trump made the comments as GOP leaders raced to muster support for yet another stopgap spending bill that would keep the government open through March 23. Under a previous agreement, funding is scheduled to run out at 11:59 p.m. Thursday.
The White House has proposed steep cuts in legal immigration and increased border security, including a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, in exchange for continuing protections for hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Democrats have balked at the proposals and forced a three-day government shutdown over the issue last month.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told reporters that Trump’s latest comment “speaks for itself.”
House Republican leaders announced Monday that they would try to pass the stopgap measure, known as a continuting resolution, by attaching it to a full-year, $659 billion Pentagon spending bill that’s a top priority of the party’s legion of defense hawks.
Will Democrats really shut the government down again? Didn’t they learn anything from what happened just a few weeks ago?