“The trick in Washington has always been to make sure a government shutdown is pinned on the other guy. President Trump is the first to ever pin one on himself,” the New York Times reports.
“In a new twist on the old game of shutdown politics dating to the 1990s, Mr. Trump was essentially goaded on Tuesday by Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer into embracing ownership of a shutdown yet to come if Democrats do not accede to his request for $5 billion to build a wall on the southern border with Mexico.”
Said Trump: “I will take the mantle. I’m not going to blame you for it. The last time you shut it down, it didn’t work. I will take the mantle of shutting down, and I’m going to shut it down for border security.”
A smiling Mr. Schumer seemed more than satisfied with Mr. Trump’s retort: “O.K., fair enough.”Save to Favorites