Senate Dem: History will judge Trump harshly for 'inept' shutdown negotiations

Senate Dem: History will judge Trump harshly for 'inept' shutdown negotiations
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Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSenators press IRS chief on stimulus check pitfalls Hillicon Valley: Facebook takes down 'boogaloo' network after pressure | Election security measure pulled from Senate bill | FCC officially designating Huawei, ZTE as threats Overnight Defense: Democrats blast Trump handling of Russian bounty intel | Pentagon leaders set for House hearing July 9 | Trump moves forward with plan for Germany drawdown MORE (D-Va.) on Sunday blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpKimberly Guilfoyle reports being asymptomatic and 'feeling really pretty good' after COVID-19 diagnosis Biden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE for his "inept negotiation" to bring an end to the ongoing partial government shutdown.

"I think history will show that Donald Trump, the supposed great dealmaker ... that business schools and management consultants will look back for years and say, this was the most inept negotiation," Warner said on CNN's "State of the Union.

"He boxed himself in a corner," Warner continued. "He didn't empower his negotiators, like the vice president or [Sens.] Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamLincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump backs another T stimulus, urges governors to reopen schools Democrats awash with cash in battle for Senate MORE [R-S.C.] or Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad State and local officials beg Congress to send more election funds ahead of November Teacher's union puts million behind ad demanding funding for schools preparing to reopen MORE [R-Ky.]. He's not allowed any win-win circumstance."

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Roughly 25 percent of the federal government has been shuttered for more than three weeks amid a standoff between Trump and congressional Democrats. The president has demanded more than $5 billion to fund his desired wall along the southern border, something Democrats have steadfastly opposed.

Negotiations between the two sides broke down last week, with few signs that a breakthrough is imminent.

Warner, the ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, lamented the effect the shutdown has had on hundreds of thousands of federal workers who have been furloughed or forced to work without pay.

He argued the president should agree to reopen the government while lawmakers hash out an agreement on border security, echoing the stance held by most Democrats.