After Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) said on Monday that “the great deal-making president sat on the sidelines” during shutdown negotiations, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders insisted that Donald Trump’s actions had “clearly worked” even though the former reality show star appears to be in hiding.
Sanders denied that claim to a reporter who noted Schumer’s remark.
“Look, what the president did clearly worked,” Sanders said. “The vote just came in 81-18. I would say that those numbers are much more in the president’s favor than in Sen. Schumer’s favor. I’m not sure what changed for [Sen. Chuck Schumer] and what he gained other than maybe Nancy Pelosi taking a bunch of Republican members out for dinner to celebrate their shutdown.”
“I’m not sure what other positive things came out of this weekend for Democrats,” she added.
Another reporter asked Sanders, “When will we see him?” in reference to her MIA boss.
“We’ll keep you posted,” Sanders replied. “We’ll make sure you guys are aware when that time comes.”
Schumer said earlier that the White House refused to negotiate over the weekend.
“Since our meeting in the Oval Office on Friday, the president and I have not spoken, and the White House refused to engage in negotiations over the weekend,” Schumer said. “The great deal-making president sat on the sidelines.”
“Despite and because of this frustration, I’ve been having conversations with the Republican leader over the weekend about a path forward,” he said. “We will vote today to re-open the government.”
Trump has been out of sight since the crisis began. In fact, Trump spent the anniversary of his ‘presidency’ watching clips of himself on television blasting President Barack Obama for the shutdown in 2013. Trump knows he will be held responsible.
He doesn’t have to take our word for it. Trump can take Trump’s word for it.
“Well, if you say who gets fired it always has to be the top,” Trump said in 2013. “I mean, problems start from the top and they have to get solved from the top and the president’s the leader. And he’s got to get everybody in a room and he’s got to lead.”
Trump continued to say that “when they talk about the government shutdown, they’re going to be talking about the president of the United States, who the president was at that time.”
“They’re not going to be talking about who was the head of the House, the head the Senate, who’s running things in Washington,” Trump added.
2013 Trump is telling us to blame 2018 Trump for the shutdown.
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