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 McCarthy58 percent say Jan. 6 House committee is biased: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate finalizes .2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate MORE (R-Calif.) said on Sunday that President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic On The Money: Biden, Pelosi struggle with end of eviction ban | Trump attorney says he will fight release of tax returns Lack of transatlantic cooperation on trade threatens global climate change goals 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."

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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 PelosiOvernight Health Care: Average daily COVID infections topped last summer's peak, CDC says | US reaches 70 percent vaccination goal a month after Biden's target | White House says CDC can't renew eviction ban Biden, Pelosi struggle with end of eviction ban Co-workers called FBI after alleged Capitol Hill rioter bragged about Jan. 6, officials say 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.