The U.S. government is shutdown and the partisan blame game has already started. Sifting through the spin and B.S. can be tough, but thankfully the Nevada Ledger is here to give you a quick rundown in 2 minutes of your time. Let’s recap the facts:
Trump wants help for DREAMers in the bill.
Donald Trump holds a press conference asking for a “bill of love” for the DREAMers… a solution for the DACA recipients. He promises to sign a bipartisan bill and to take the heat.
“And, Chuck, I will say, when this group comes back — hopefully with an agreement — this group and others from the Senate, from the House, comes back with an agreement, I’m signing it. I mean, I will be signing it. I’m not going to say, “Oh, gee, I want this or I want that.” I’ll be signing it, because I have a lot of confidence in the people in this room that they’re going to come up with something really good.”
Bipartisan bill is presented to Trump
Senators Durbin and Grahm present a bipartisan bill to President Trump. They believed that Trump wanted funding for the wall included. They gave him $20 billion, which is what Trump asked for.
Trump rejects bipartisan bill
So much for his word about presenting him with a bipartisan bill and him taking the heat. Trump rejects the first bipartisan bill presented to him. Okay, so what would it take to convince Trump to sign the bill?
Democrats ask Republican leadership and White House for a counteroffer. None offered.
Now we are at the negotiating table, and Trump fails to negotiate. Trump does not present a counteroffer, even though Democrats repeatedly pressed their counterparts in the White House to make one. Democrats did exactly what Trump said he wanted… but that wasn’t good enough.
Conservatives and Kelly ended negotiations
It seemed as though Trump was okay with the bipartisan deal, but now reports say his chief of staff John Kelly stepped in and told the president not to accept the deal. This after Kelly was pressured by the hardline conservatives in the White House and Congressional leadership in the Republican Party to not give in on a deal. It appears the president was willing but got heat from Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan. So much for taking the heat.
Government shuts down, and Republicans say Democrats are putting illegal immigrants over our soldiers and Americans.
Trump is tweeting away how everything is the Democrats fault. Dean Heller is doing the same in Nevada. Not shocking that they want to change the narrative. It sounds like the real blame is conservative Republicans in Congress and at the White House for pressuring Trump. Trump is to blame for his bad faith negotiations and for failing to take the heat when pressured by the hardliners.
Trump did promise that he would run the government like one of his businesses. I guess it should be no surprise that it was all huff and puff for a year and now we are closed.
Famous last words:
“I don’t like shutting down the government. There will be no excuses and nobody else’s fault but the Republican Party if this government does shut down.” Dean Heller
“In my opinion – you know, I hear the Democrats are going to be blamed and the Republicans are going to be blamed. I actually think the president would be blamed. If there is a shutdown, and it’s not going to be a horrible shutdown because, as you know, things will sort of keep going…. If there is a shutdown I think it would be a tremendously negative mark on the president of the United States. He’s the one that has to get people together.” Donald Trump