GOP rep: Shutdown is ‘the dumbest way to do government in the world’

GOP rep: Shutdown is ‘the dumbest way to do government in the world’
© Greg Nash

Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerGOP rep deployed to southern border with Air National Guard unit GOP rep: Trump needs to ‘quit complimenting Kim Jong Un’ GOP compares Ocasio-Cortez to Trump MORE (R-Ill.) expressed his frustration over the ongoing government shutdown during an interview Thursday, calling it the "dumbest" method of governing found on Earth.

In an interview with CNN's "New Day," Kinzinger tore into both parties for refusing to compromise on the issue of border security, with President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview MORE demanding $5.7 billion worth of wall funding in any bill to reopen the government.

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“I think shutdowns are stupid. I think it’s the dumbest way to do government in the world,” Kinzinger told CNN. "We start using these stupid shutdown leverage points to try to get our way because we can’t give the other side any kind of a win."

"My view is, when we can open parts of government, and in essence kind of release hostages in this process, in this really bad way of doing government, I'll vote for it if the bill's agreeable," he added, speaking about Democrats' series of bills aimed at funding various parts of the government the House plans to pass this week.

The shutdown reached its 20th day on Thursday as Democrats and Republicans remained unable to reach a deal to reopen the federal government, which has remained partially closed since Dec. 22.

Trump emerged from a meeting with top Democrats on Wednesday declaring such negotiations a "waste of time," while Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiThe national emergency will haunt Republicans come election season On unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 National emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats National emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win House Judiciary Dems seek answers over Trump's national emergency declaration MORE (D-N.Y.) hit the president for throwing a "temper tantrum" and storming out of the talks.

The bills passed by the Democratic House to reopen the government are unlikely to go anywhere in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats The national emergency will haunt Republicans come election season Trump: McConnell should keep Senate in session until nominees are approved MORE (R-Ky.) has pledged to not bring any government spending legislation to a vote if the president refuses to sign it.