Top republican lawmakers in both the Senate and the House blamed their democratic colleagues on Sunday for the current government shutdown, claiming that the Democrats just want to keep President Donald Trump from fulfilling his campaign promise to build a wall along the United States southern border, Fox News informed.
“The sticking point is Nancy Pelosi is driving most of the conversation,” Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” about the incoming House Speaker. “This is all about trying to make sure that Donald Trump does not secure the border.”
Meadows, who is the chair of the House Freedom Caucus, stated that he is hopeful that the government shutdown will be over when the Senate resumes session on Thursday and that funding for the wall will be somewhere between $1 billion and $5 billion.
Meadows’ comments made about the Democrats were echoed by the Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., who stated that Trump wants to make a deal, but that the Democrats are trying to undermine the President’s agenda.
“This is not about the number, this is about the Democrats not wanting President Trump to fulfill his campaign promise to secure the southern border,” Perdue said. “They’re trying to play politics with the security of our country.”
It seems that the persistent position for the wall by Trump will not lead to some temporary measure to keep the government running.
Trump last week even stated that he would be “proud” if the government shutdown occured. He had campaigned on the promise of building the wall, and he also promised Mexico would pay for it. Mexico has refused to do so.
In recent days, though, Trump tried to shift blame to Democrats for not agreeing to his demand. He has given mixed messages on whether he would sign any bill into law.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York met with Vice President Pence on Saturday at the request of the White House, according to Schumer’s office. But the senator’s spokesman said they remained “very far apart” on a spending agreement.