The White House is trying to shift the blame on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for the ongoing partial government shutdown, which is likely to extend into the New Year.
Earlier this month, during a confrontation with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, President Donald Trump told them, “I am proud to shut down the government for border security…I will take the mantle…and I’m not going to blame you for it.”
Prior to the government shutdown on December 21, Trump reversed his position and tweeted, “The Democrats now own the shutdown.”
Mulvaney suggests Pelosi is preventing a deal on border wall funding
On Friday, Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney suggested that Pelosi cannot make a compromise on the border wall funding because she wants to reclaim the House Speakership.
In an interview with Fox News, Mulvaney said, “The vice president and I met with Leader Schumer last Saturday—the last time we sat down face-to-face and my gut was that he was really interested in doing a deal and coming to some sort of compromise. But the more we’re hearing this week is that it’s Nancy Pelosi who’s preventing that from happening.”