Trump reportedly says government shutdown might be good for him

Trump reportedly says government shutdown might be good for him

President Donald Trump and Congress' top Republican and Democratic leaders were to discuss spending Tuesday, but the Democrats — Sen. Today there are reports that Republicans are mulling a maneuver created to tempt Democrats into threatening (or even causing) a government shutdown over immigration policy. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi — backed out after Trump criticized them on Twitter.

Hard-right conservatives are rebelling against a plan by House GOP leaders for a two-week reprieve from a possible government shutdown next week. But he noted that Congress is under a March deadline to pass the Dreamers measure, saying "We've got other deadlines in front of that", referring to the spending bills. If Democrats cave, it will expose their promises of a hard-line posture as hollow, angering immigration activists. Trump reportedly believes a shutdown would be good for him and has told friends he would blame Democrats if the government did shut down, according to the Post.

This strategem has some limitations.

White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short dismissed the idea that Trump is angling for a shutdown to score political points. Schumer and Pelosi going on national TV to announce "We want a government shutdown" might not even get it done.

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Democrats have demanded that a new funding bill includes protections for young undocumented immigrants known as "Dreamers".

The House and Senate must ultimately sign off on a spending bill before it can go to Trump's desk for his signature.

More than likely all this gambit will accomplish is to buy Republicans a couple of extra weeks to figure out what they actually want and are actually willing to accept in spending negotiations that would simply be shifted into early January.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, asked about the possibility of attaching the immigration provision to a spending bill, said he wanted to resolve the issue.

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