Hirono says she can't trust Trump on shutdown talks: 'His word is not good'

Hirono says she can't trust Trump on shutdown talks: 'His word is not good'
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Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoHillicon Valley: Washington preps for Mueller report | Barr to hold Thursday presser | Lawmakers dive into AI ethics | FCC chair moves to block China Mobile | Dem bill targets 'digital divide' | Microsoft denies request for facial recognition tech Dems introduce bill to tackle 'digital divide' Overnight Energy: Collins receives more donations from Texas oil, gas industry than from Maine residents | Interior chief left meetings off schedule | Omar controversy jeopardizes Ocasio-Cortez trip to coal mine MORE (D-Hawaii) on Tuesday expressed skepticism that forthcoming meetings between moderate lawmakers and President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Dems demand Barr cancel 'inappropriate' press conference on Mueller report DOJ plans to release 'lightly redacted' version of Mueller report Thursday: WaPo Nadler accuses Barr of 'unprecedented steps' to 'spin' Mueller report MORE will help bring an end to the partial government shutdown.

"[Trump's] word is not good," Hirono said on CNN's "New Day," adding that last month the president appeared to support Senate-passed bills to fund the government before indicating he wouldn't support them.


"I call it the Tuesday-Thursday Trump," Hirono added. "On Tuesday he’ll tell you everything is great, and by Thursday it’s all off the table."

Hirono suggested that the onus to end the shutdown was on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and she called on him to schedule votes on House-passed bills that would fully reopen the government.

McConnell has said he will not hold votes on such measures unless he's assured that Trump will sign them into law.

Roughly 25 percent of the federal government has been shuttered for 25 days as the White House and congressional Democrats remained locked in a standoff over the president's demand for more than $5 billion to construct his desired wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

An administration official confirmed to The Hill on Monday that two different groups of Republican and Democratic lawmakers have been invited to the White House for separate meetings for talks on Wednesday and Thursday.

There were signs late Monday of a bipartisan group forming in the Senate to find a way to end the shutdown, but that effort does not appear to involve Trump.