Donald Trump Says Government Shutdown 'Hopefully' Won't Last Long

Sarah Haider

President Donald Trump said on Friday evening that the government was "heading towards a partial shutdown," but added that it is the responsibility of the Democrats to bring an end to the funding lapse.

In a video released shortly after the House and Senate adjourned without reaching a deal to a stop the shutdown from happening, President Trump said the following.

"Call it a Democrat shutdown, call it whatever you want. Let's work together, let's be bipartisan and let's get it done. The shutdown hopefully will not last long."

Per the details provided by the report on Friday, Vice President Mike Pence, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner were sent to Capitol Hill in an attempt to secure a deal so that things could move forward.

The three White House officials met with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Per the report, Vice President Mike Pence and Mick Mulvaney then met other lawmakers, including House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Majority Whip Steve Scalise, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, and Rep. Jim Jordan, in outgoing Speaker Paul Ryan's office.

"Our great country must have border security. We don't want people coming in who aren't supposed to be here. It's very dangerous out there. Drugs are pouring in. Now it's up to the Senate, and it's really up to the Democrats, because we need their vote. We're going to have a shutdown — there's nothing we can do about that."

Democratic leaders, on the other hand, said that the only one to blame for the potential shutdown is Trump himself "after he said during a meeting with top Democrats that he could carry the 'mantle' of a shutdown over his border wall," the report said.

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