WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local):
President Donald Trump is blaming Democrats for the government shutdown — tweeting that they wanted to give him “a nice present” to mark the one-year anniversary of his inauguration.
He says Democrats “could have easily made a deal but decided to play Shutdown politics instead.”
And as part of a series of tweets hours after the shutdown began, the president is trying to make the case for Americans to elect more Republicans in the November elections “in order to power through this mess.”
Trump is accusing Democrats of being more concerned with “Illegal Immigrants than they are with our great Military or Safety at our dangerous” border with Mexico.
He’s also noting there are 51 Republicans in the Senate, and it takes 60 votes to move ahead on legislation to keep the government running — so some Democratic support is needed now.
In Trump’s view, “that is why we need to win more Republicans” in the midterm elections.
The federal government has shut down.
That means a halt to all but the most essential operations. And the shutdown is marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration.
It’s a striking display of Washington dysfunction.
Last-minute negotiations crumbled when Senate Democrats blocked a four-week extension. And that’s led to the fourth government shutdown in a quarter-century.
Leading Republicans and Democrats are now trying to work out a compromise to avert a lengthy shutdown.
Congress has scheduled an unusual Saturday session to begin considering a three-week version of the short-term spending measure.