President Trump said Tuesday he would “love to see” a government shutdown if Democrats do not give in to his demands on immigration.
“We’ll do a shutdown and it’s worth it for our country. I’d love to see a shutdown if we don’t get this stuff taken care of,” Trump told a gathering of law enforcement officials and members of Congress at the White House.
“If we have to shut it down because the Democrats don’t want safety and, unrelated but still related, they don’t want to take care of our military, then shut it down,” the president added. “We’ll go with another shutdown.”
The Hill added:
Trump’s saber rattling came as lawmakers are rushing to meet a Thursday deadline to fund the government.
His tough talk stands in stark contrast to comments made by Republican and Democratic leaders in the Senate, who said they were close to a long-term budget deal.
That proposal, however, would not include immigration legislation.
“Speaks for itself,” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said when asked to respond to Trump’s comments.
“We had one Trump shutdown. Nobody wants another, maybe except him.”
Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock (Va.) rebuked Trump after he welcomed a shutdown.
“We don’t need a government shutdown on this,” she told Trump during the meeting. “I think both sides have learned that a government shutdown is bad.”
During a meeting on the MS-13 gang, Trump said he supports a government shutdown if Democrats won’t agree to tighten immigration laws: “If we don’t change it, let’s have a shutdown. … I’d love to see a shutdown if we don’t get this stuff taken care of.” https://t.co/IghwpT0aPr pic.twitter.com/rlUMfOu7WD
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