President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE's son Eric TrumpEric TrumpHouse panel tees up Trump executive privilege fight in Jan. 6 probe Trump to Pence on Jan. 6: 'You don't have the courage' Florida city bans gambling amid prospects of Trump-owned casino MORE said on Saturday that he believes the government shutdown is politically good for his father and his allies.
"Honestly, I think it's a good thing for us," Eric Trump told Jeanine Pirro on Fox News's "Justice with Judge Jeanine."
The younger Trump said Democrats wanted to shut the government down because they wanted to stop the president's momentum.
"I mean, my father has had incredible momentum. He has gotten more done in one year than arguably any president in history. How do they divert from that message? How do they save their own party when they don't have any leadership, they don't have any good candidates out there, they don't have a message of their own? How do they do that? They obstruct, they distract, they try and place blame," he said.
Senate Republicans and Democrats failed to reach a midnight deadline to fund the government on Friday, resulting in the federal government shutting down.
Republicans have said Democrats are holding the government hostage over a provision preserving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which was not included in the House GOP's monthlong stopgap measure.
Democrats have pinned blame on Republicans, saying it is impossible to negotiate with the president due to his frequently changing positions.
The White House said Saturday that the president would not negotiate on the issue of immigration until the shutdown ends.
A CNN poll on Friday found that 21 percent of Americans said they would blame Trump for a shutdown, while 26 percent said they would blame his Republican counterparts in Congress.
Thirty-one percent of respondents said they would blame Democrats, and 10 percent said they would blame all three.