Donald Trump on the Government Shutdown

Donald Trump on Who Is Responsible for the Government Shutdown

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2013 - Dec 11, 2018
Dec 21, 2018 - 2019

Donald Trump On Government Shutdown Then
Donald Trump On Government Shutdown Now


#DonaldTrump 12/11/18: "I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not going to blame you for it." » #Trump 12/21/18: "The Democrats now own the shutdown!" #Immigration #TrumpShutdown Click To Tweet

Quotes by Donald Trump on Who Is Responsible for the Government Shutdown

THEN

2013 - Dec 11, 2018

Donald Trump On Government Shutdown Then
“[In a government shutdown] if you say ‘who gets fired’, it always has to be the top. I mean, problems start from the top and have to get solved from the top. And the president’s the leader, and he has to get everyone in a room and lead, and he doesn’t do that. He doesn’t like doing that — that is not his strength. And that’s why you have this horrible situation going on in Washington. It’s a very, very bad thing and it’s very embarrassing worldwide.”
- Sept 20, 2013

Fox News (via The Hill), Jan 19, 2018
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/369756-trumps-comments-blaming-obama-for-2013-government-shutdown-resurface

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“Leadership: Whatever happens, you’re responsible. If it doesn’t happen, you’re responsible.”

“I am proud to shut down the government for border security… I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not going to blame you [Democrats] for it.”
- Dec 11, 2018

NBC News, Dec 11, 2018
JUST IN: 'I am proud to shut down the government for border security ... I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I'm not going to blame you for it,' President Trump tells Senate Minority Leader Schumer in the Oval Office.

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#DonaldTrump 11/8/13: "Leadership: Whatever happens, you’re responsible." » #Trump 1/8/19: "The federal government remains shut down for…one reason only, because Democrats will not fund border security." Click To Tweet

NOW

Dec 21, 2018 - 2019

Donald Trump On Government Shutdown Now
“The Democrats now own the shutdown!”

“Great work by my Administration over the holidays to save Coast Guard pay during this #SchumerShutdown. No thanks to the Democrats who left town and are not concerned about the safety and security of Americans!”

“We’re in the shutdown because of the fact that the Democrats are looking to 2020. They think they’re not going to win the election. I guess a lot of signs point to the fact that they’re not going to win the election. And I hope they’re not going to win the election. But they view this as an election point for them. I actually think it’s bad politics, but I’m not thinking about the politics. I’m thinking about what’s right and what’s wrong. And we need a physical barrier. Everything else is bells and whistles. I know more about drones than anybody. I know about every form of safety that you can have. And it’s all good, but it’s just very minor compared to the power of a wall.”
Jan 2, 2019 -

White House, Jan 3, 2019
Remarks by President Trump in Cabinet Meeting

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“The Shutdown is only because of the 2020 Presidential Election. The Democrats know they can’t win based on all of the achievements of ‘Trump,’ so they are going all out on the desperately needed Wall and Border Security – and Presidential Harassment. For them, strictly politics!”

“The federal government remains shut down for one reason, and one reason only, because Democrats will not fund border security. My administration is doing everything in our power to help those impacted by the situation, but the only solution is for Democrats to pass a spending bill that defends our borders and reopens the government.”
Jan 8, 2019 -

New York Times, Jan 8, 2019
Full Transcripts: Trump’s Speech on Immigration and the Democratic Response

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“This is not a fight I wanted. I didn’t want this fight. We have to think about the people of our country, and we have to do what’s right at our border and many other places. But we have to do what’s right at our border.”
Jan 9, 2019 -
“Nancy and Cryin’ Chuck can end the Shutdown in 15 minutes. At this point it has become their, and the Democrats, fault!”


#DonaldTrump 12/11/18: "I am proud to shut down the government… I will be the one to shut it down." » #Trump 1/9/19: "This is not a fight I wanted. I didn’t want this fight." #Immigration #TrumpShutdown Click To Tweet
LATER

Feb 12, 2019

Donald Trump Then

“I don’t think you’re going to see [another] shutdown… If you did have it, it’s the Democrats’ fault. And I accepted the first one and I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished, because people learned during that shutdown all about the problems coming in from the southern border. I accept that, I’ve always accepted it. But this one I would never accept if it happens. But I don’t think it’s going to happen. But his would be totally on the Democrats.”
- Feb 12, 2019

Think Progress, Feb 12, 2019
Trump tries to rewrite the history of the government shutdown

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