Shutdown theatrics show indifference to those affected


December 13, 2018 - 9:13 AM

President Donald Trump argues about border security with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), right, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as Vice President Mike Pence sits nearby in the Oval Office on Tuesday. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/TNS

President Trump told Democratic leaders Tuesday he would gladly shoulder the responsibility of shutting down the U.S. government if Congress doesn’t meet his demand to provide $5 billion  to build his wall on the U.S.- Mexico border.

Congress faces a Dec. 21 deadline to decide funding for about half of the federal government. Democrats maintain the $5 billion for the wall is a deal-breaker.

If that’s the case, said Mr. Trump, the plug will be pulled, adding, “I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down,” as if it were something to be proud of.

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