McCarthy: Trump is 'only one who has been reasonable' in shutdown negotiations

McCarthy: Trump is 'only one who has been reasonable' in shutdown negotiations
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthySunday shows preview: 2020 Democrats jockey for top spot ahead of Nevada caucuses GOP climate plan faces pushback — from Republicans House GOP campaign arm mocks Democrats after stumbling upon internal info on races MORE (R-Calif.) said on Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussian sanctions will boomerang States, cities rethink tax incentives after Amazon HQ2 backlash A Presidents Day perspective on the nature of a free press MORE "is the only one who has been reasonable" in negotiations over the partial government shutdown, which ended Friday.

“The president is the only one who has been reasonable in these negotiations. I’ve been in every single meeting, so I watched it. … [Democrats] didn’t want to negotiate. It was the president who offered four different plans," McCarthy said on NBC's "Meet the Press."


Trump on Friday signed a three-week funding bill bringing an end to the government shutdown.

The shutdown, which lasted for more than a month, began on Dec. 22 and was sparked after Trump refused to sign a bill to fund the government that didn't include funding for a border wall.

Before Trump made that demand, the Republican-controlled Senate had voted unanimously in December to approve a continuing resolution to fund the government.

The bill Trump signed Friday does not include wall funding, though he has indicated that he will continue to demand that funding while negotiations continue over the next three weeks.

McCarthy also said during his "Meet the Press" interview that Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMalaysia says it will choose 5G partners based on own standards, not US recommendations Pelosi warns allies against using Huawei Budget hawks frustrated by 2020 politics in entitlement reform fight MORE (D-Calif.) was unwilling to negotiate with Trump during the shutdown and claimed Trump "put the American people before politics.”

"I watched the president in every one of these meetings offer a reasonable solution. … I watched Speaker Pelosi sit there and would not negotiate with anything. I give President Trump a lot of credit. He put the American people before politics," McCarthy said.