Donald Trump is seeking to distance himself from the looming government shutdown and probably because more Americans will blame the former reality show star and Republicans rather than Democrats, according to a poll. Also, there’s the fact that Republicans control the House, the Senate, and the White House.
That point did not escape Fox News’ host Shepard Smith.
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“Back in Washington, there is one discussion: government shutdown,” Smith said. “Of course, with one party in charge of everything, a government shutdown will not happen, right? I mean, never in the history — at least modern history — of the country has there been a government shutdown when a single party is in charge of Washington.”
Smith also noted that Republicans are trying to make funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) a part of the political argument even though the GOP is attaching it to a short-term budget bill.
“The GOP plan was to ‘dare’ the Democrats to vote against that measure saying, ‘We funded the child health insurance program or CHIP for six years,” Smith said. “You’re going to vote against children’s health?”
But Smith pointed to Trump’s tweet which sent Republicans scrambling on Thursday morning when he “blasted out” his message saying, “CHIP should be part of a long-term solution, not a 30 Day, or short term, extension.”
Trump appeared to disagree with his own party, but he later backpedaled on that tweet as he does with every tweet which contradicts his own administration. Attaching CHIP funding to a short-term budget bill is the plan that congressional Republicans have been pushing on Capitol Hill.
The blame will fall onto Trump and his Republican colleagues’ shoulders.
When Jimmy Carter was president, one party was in control. In fact, the government shuttered 6 times while Carter was president. After that, Democrats began to lose control of the White House and the Senate so history is not on the Republican side of the argument.
Trump just met with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer at the White House for last-minute talks.