Trump’s Fecklessness Fuels Shutdown

Unable To Lead, POTUS Tries To Blame Dems

Chicago Tribune: “The government is shutting down for the first time in more than four years, and President Donald Trump has spent days trying to lay the blame on the Democrats.”

“But there is a strong case to be made that it’s the president’s actions (and lack thereof) that caused, or at least greatly exacerbated, the shutdown.”

1. “All of this is happening on his watch: This is the first shutdown with one party controlling all of Washington. Republicans control both chambers of Congress and the White House, so how could Trump not get some of the blame for a shutdown? He’s (ostensibly) in control of his party.”

2. “No one in Washington seems to know what he wants: So, wait, if the president said in private he would be OK with a shutdown, but in public decried one, what did he actually want?”

3. “He torpedoed a deal on immigration right when it mattered most: Trump has also been extraordinarily inconsistent on what he wants on an issue that is impossible to separate from this shutdown: preventing the deportation of immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children, known as ‘dreamers.'”


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