Wall Street Journal blasts Trump in scathing editorial over shutdown threats

Wall Street Journal blasts Trump in scathing editorial over shutdown threats
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The Wall Street Journal's editorial board on Monday slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms BuzzFeed stands by Cohen report: Mueller should 'make clear what he's disputing' MORE for his latest threat to shut down the government, asking whether Trump cares if Democrats retake control of the House this year. 

"Does President Trump care if Republicans lose the House of Representatives this November?" the editorial board asked in a new editorial. "If that seems like an odd question, consider that Mr. Trump is running a campaign strategy that puts the House at maximum risk while focusing on the Senate.

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"The latest evidence is Mr. Trump’s threat to shut down the government in September if he doesn’t get money for his border wall."

The piece comes after Trump tweeted on Sunday that he would be "willing to ‘shut down’ government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall!”

Trump doubled down on that claim on Monday, saying that he'd have no problem shutting down the government "if we don't get border security."

In a news story on Monday night, the Journal reported that Trump has privately agreed, however, to put off the fight over the wall until after the midterm elections.

Trump's threats have rattled Republicans, who believe a shutdown ahead of the election would hurt their party.

In its editorial, the Journal asked whether Trump was again getting advice from former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon. The editorial states that it would fit Bannon's profile of stressing "issues that polarize the electorate to drive voter turnout among the Trump base."

But the Journal argued this could cost Republicans the House, and hurt Trump's agenda by putting Democrats in charge.

"The biggest loser in all this would be a genuine conservative agenda," the editorial stated. "If they lose the House this year, Republicans aren’t likely to get it back until the end of the Trump Presidency."

The Journal has frequently directed heavy scrutiny at Trump. In June, the board warned that Republicans may suffer in the November midterms due to the president's tariffs. 

"Good luck to Republicans running on the Trump tariffs in November," the editorial board wrote