President TrumpDonald TrumpJudge rules Alaska governor unlawfully fired lawyer who criticized Trump Giuliani led fake electors plot: CNN Giuliani associate sentenced to a year in prison in campaign finance case MORE told aides that he believes he will be blamed for the government shutdown “no matter what,” Politico reported Saturday.
“It’s Trump — they’re going to blame me no matter what,” Trump reportedly said on Friday.
Trump made the comments just hours before the Senate failed to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government, triggering a government shutdown at midnight.
The president had reportedly negotiated a funding deal with Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats call on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Predictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure Voting rights and Senate wrongs MORE (D-N.Y.) earlier Friday, but backed away from the deal after talking to GOP leaders, Democrats said.
Trump has repeatedly blamed Democrats during the lead-up to the shutdown and in the hours since.
He tweeted early Saturday that Democrats “could have easily made a deal but decided to play Shutdown politics instead.”
Democrats are far more concerned with Illegal Immigrants than they are with our great Military or Safety at our dangerous Southern Border. They could have easily made a deal but decided to play Shutdown politics instead. #WeNeedMoreRepublicansIn18 in order to power through mess!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2018
This is the One Year Anniversary of my Presidency and the Democrats wanted to give me a nice present. #DemocratShutdown— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2018
Republicans are hammering Schumer over the shutdown with the hashtag #SchumerShutdown, as well as a website emphasizing Democrats' role in failed negotiations. However, it was the hashtag #TrumpShutdown that was trending in the immediate aftermath of the Senate's failure to pass a bill.