With the partial government shutdown stretching nearly two weeks, President Donald Trump on Thursday laid blame on Democrats by saying they are using it to position themselves for the election in 2020.
Shifting from his own words in December, when he said he’d be “proud” to shut the government down for border security, Trump tweeted that “the Shutdown is only because of the 2020 Presidential Election. The Democrats know they can’t win based on all of the achievements of ‘Trump,’ so they are going all out on the desperately needed Wall and Border Security — and Presidential Harassment. For them, strictly politics!”
There was no end in sight for the shutdown on its 13th day, with newly elected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi telling NBC News she would give “nothing for the wall” to Trump. Talks between Trump and congressional leaders are expected to resume Friday.
While on the subject of presidential politics, Trump tweeted an image saying “Warren 1/2020th,” a mocking reference to Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test showing she had distant Native American heritage. The Massachusetts Democrat, who has launched an exploratory committee for president, brushed off Trump’s comments by saying he should spend his time “getting the government back open.”
Also read: Newcomers to Congress vow to end shutdown, see ‘hard work’ ahead.
NEWEST TRADE AND TARIFF TALK
A day after saying stock markets DJIA, -2.83% would go up after trade issues are settled, Trump tweeted that the U.S. is “doing well” in negotiations but gave no specifics. He used the same message to again state that the Treasury has taken in billions of dollars from tariffs that his administration has slapped on Chinese and other goods.
As MarketWatch has written, however, the revenue isn’t enough to prevent either the trade deficit or budget deficit from worsening.
Read: Yes, tariffs are ‘pouring’ into coffers, as Trump says, but not enough to cut deficits.
Trump had no public events scheduled Thursday. He signed 12 bills at the White House, including one authorizing the awarding of the Congressional Gold Medal to former NFL player Steve Gleason, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011.
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