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US NewsWith clock ticking on another potential government shutdown, Trump blames Democrats

10:10  11 february  2019
10:10  11 february  2019 Source:   latimes.com

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With clock ticking on another potential government shutdown, Trump blames Democrats © AP President Donald Trump listens to a question from a reporter after signing the National Security Presidential Memorandum to Launch the "Women's Global Development and Prosperity" Initiative in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. Also pictured is Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center left, and Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, third from right. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump sought Sunday to pre-emptively cast blame on Democrats if an impasse over his demand for a border wall leads to a second partial government shutdown this week.

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President Trump threatened to shut down the government at a meeting with law enforcement officials to This time, Senate Democrats have shown no appetite to force a shutdown . But the fate of the young “It is nothing more than a political ploy that will place us on the brink of another shutdown .”

If the government shuts down Saturday, it will be Democrats ’ fault, President Donald Trump said Wednesday. “It could happen. The shutdown could happen this weekend if lawmakers don’t reach an agreement on a continuing resolution that would fund the government until Dec.

Stopgap funding for about one-third of the government is due to expire at midnight Friday, and congressional negotiations over border security and other immigration-related issues have stalled, according to participants.

The snag, if it lasts, could presage another shutdown, although a degree of posturing by both sides is not unusual under such circumstances, as neither side wishes to appear too willing to make major concessions.

Trump in December publicly said he would be "proud to shut down the government." That remark dogged him throughout the 35-day closing that followed until he was forced to temporarily abandon his demand for $5.7 billion for his desired border wall.

Sunday, he took to Twitter to paint Democrats as the responsible party this time.

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Democrats are comfortable in this position. In a shutdown , the side that’s making the big policy ask relative to the status quo typically gets the blame . Trump doesn’t care if anything he does hurts congressional Republicans, which is why we’re in a shutdown . But he might recognize that he’s at

Facing a Republican Party unwilling to back another government shutdown or a national Congressional negotiators are nearing a deal on border security to avoid a government shutdown — if the Democrats and Republicans have been trading offers all week; any deal is likely to provide

With clock ticking on another potential government shutdown, Trump blames Democrats © reuters U.S. President Donald Trump waves to the media as he returns to the White House in Washington

"I actually believe they want a Shutdown," he wrote. He suggested that Democrats wanted to deflect attention from issues like the messy fight in Virginia over whether Gov. Ralph Northam and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, both Democrats, should resign over scandals involving racist behavior and accusations of sexual misconduct.

"They want a new subject!" wrote Trump, whose own week was marked by a widely derided congressional appearance by his acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, who evaded questions about whether Trump attempted to quash some of the multiple investigations surrounding him.

Also this past week, the president delivered a combative State of the Union speech during which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., greeted his seemingly incongruous call for "compromise and the common good" with sarcastic clapping.

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As the clock ticked toward midnight, when funding for the government was set to expire, senators huddled on the floor of the crowded Senate chamber Democrats , calling it the “ Trump shutdown ,” countered that Republicans were responsible for the management of a government in their control.

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Trump's acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that another shutdown "absolutely cannot" be ruled out, although many of Trump's Republican allies in Congress have made it clear that they hope to avoid such a scenario.

On "Fox News Sunday," Mulvaney suggested another way out, saying the president would "take whatever money Congress agrees to allocate for border barriers" and then "go off and find the money someplace else, legally."

Trump's promised border wall "is going to get built, with or without Congress," he said.

One of the leading Republican congressional negotiators, Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, described the talks as "stalled right now."

"I'm hoping we can get off the dime, because time is ticking away," he said, also on Fox.

With clock ticking on another potential government shutdown, Trump blames Democrats © AP Funding for one-third of government is due to expire on Friday

Negotiators have said that given the time required under House and Senate rules to pass legislation, they need to have an agreement finished by Monday to guarantee passage by Friday.

The president has remained insistent in his demand for $5.7 billion for border barriers, while Democrats, who now control the House, have said they will not offer more than $2 billion.

The two sides also disagree over the number of beds at immigrant detention centers. Republicans are contesting a Democratic effort to reduce the number of detentions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., another member of the conference committee, said he remained "very hopeful" that negotiators could arrive at a "common sense" agreement.

With clock ticking on another potential government shutdown, Trump blames Democrats © Getty Nancy Pelosi responded to Trump's call for unity with sarcastic clapping

"It's a negotiation — negotiations seldom go smooth all the way through," he said on Fox. "It's give and take, it's compromise, it's the way government is supposed to work."

On Twitter, the president implied that Democratic congressional negotiators were being prevented by their leadership, Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of New York, from making concessions on what he called a "desperately needed Border Wall.

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The prospect of a government shutdown is another serious issue for lawmakers to grapple with alongside the tax effort. But other Republicans see a severe risk in a government shutdown when they control both chambers of Congress and the White House.

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With clock ticking on another potential government shutdown, Trump blames Democrats © Getty Commuters wait for a train in a mostly empty South Capitol metro station during the shutdown

"I don't think the Dems on the Border Committee are being allowed by their leaders to make a deal," Trump wrote.

Before the previous shutdown, the two parties did have an agreement, only to have it scuttled by Trump.

Democrats taking part in the negotiations are saying aloud what their Republican counterparts cannot: that Trump's fealty to the notion of a wall, which he made a central campaign issue, remains the principal wild card in the talks.

Underscoring that, Trump was to travel Monday to El Paso for a rally expected to focus on his demand for a border barrier. With clock ticking on another potential government shutdown, Trump blames Democrats © Reuters Donald Trump sought to blame the Democrats if a second shutdown arrives

Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., said on ABC's "This Week" that he believed talks convened by Mulvaney at the presidential retreat of Camp David could have reached agreement "in less than a day" if the acting chief of staff were president.

"I think the big problem here is this has become pretty much an ego negotiation," Yarmuth said. "This really isn't over substance."

Republicans also continued to suggest that Trump might move to circumvent Congress with an emergency declaration on the wall, a step that would be certain to face a strong legal challenge.

Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga., said on ABC that Trump was "right to have contingency plans" for moving ahead in the event of a continued stalemate.

"He's going to have some plans in place," Graves said.

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