Schumer: ‘I’m increasingly worried’ Trump will shut down government over impeachment

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Welcome to the club, Sen. Chuck Schumer. Three weeks ahead of the next government funding deadline, the senator from New York is raising the alarm, with good cause.

“I’m increasingly worried that President Trump will want to shut down the government again because of impeachment,” Schumer told reporters Tuesday. “He always likes to create diversions. I hope and pray he won’t want to cause another government shutdown because it might be a diversion away from impeachment.” Trump isn’t paying much attention to the fact that he’s supposed to be helping run a government at the moment, being somewhat preoccupied with “NO Quid Pro Quo.” (There was quid pro quo.)

There will be a familiar fight among the House and the Senate and the White House, the kind that Trump loves. The border wall: It’s his happy place, his refuge, and the one idea he’s been able to hold in his head since 2015. Once again, he’s not going to get it through appropriations, not with a Democratic House. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell knows that, but that doesn’t mean he’s not going to try to help Trump, for now anyway.

So McConnell is deflecting, at the moment posturing instead of working with his Democratic colleagues—whom he needs to pass spending bills—to negotiate the bills. Democrats are going to reject a defense spending bill because it stipulates too much relative to domestic spending, in contravention of the agreement that the Congress reached back in September on parity. So he’s falling back on an old trope, saying that Democrats are using the troops as “pawns.” It’s not working. “McConnell knows the truth. Which is simply that unless you have a bipartisan negotiation on the appropriations bills then nothing will happen,” Schumer said. “Hopefully, our Republican friends many of whom because of cuts in defense—will realize now that it’s time to negotiate.”

McConnell will negotiate with Democrats eventually; he has to. His much harder job is going to be negotiating with Trump and making sure that an entire operating government is not sacrificed to Trump’s impotent rage.

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5 Comments on "Schumer: ‘I’m increasingly worried’ Trump will shut down government over impeachment"

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DHG
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Let him shut it down, we still get our SS and Medicare it runs on auto pilot. The shut down would also encompass the Pentagon for once….

Rutokin
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Rutokin

The shutdown will be the next shiny distraction the mango maniac will throw at us, he doesn’t give a crap about anyone but himself, look how much the last one cost us, it’s all about him

Rutokin
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Rutokin

Another Chuck Statement today, he was seeking the whistle blower protection for The Lt Col , a great move, I hope he doesn’t get any retaliation for his testimony because he is a true patriot

Mick owens
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Mick owens

Quid pro quo would have to be the stupidest phrase ever used by so called intelligent people

chris whitley
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chris whitley

Yeah trump probably will go for shutdown. In his little pea brain mind he will think he has a distraction from his impeachment woes. His problem will be democrats can walk and chew gum. He can’t work with democrats because of impeachment but he can’t shutdown the government either. Should be a totally interesting dilemma. He’s stonewalling one and will be begging on the other. Good luck old orange one!