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 HironoDems open to killing filibuster in next Congress Overnight Defense: Woman accusing general of sexual assault willing to testify | Joint Chiefs pick warns against early Afghan withdrawal | Tensions rise after Iran tries to block British tanker Joint chiefs nominee: Trump's transgender policy about 'standards' MORE (D-Hawaii) on Tuesday expressed skepticism that forthcoming meetings between moderate lawmakers and President TrumpDonald John TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade 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.