Trump tells confidants that a government shutdown might be good for him

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This past week, Trump has discussed with those surrounding him that he believes it will be hood for him if the government shuts down.


“Over the past 10 days, the president has also told advisers that it is important that he is seen as tough on immigration and getting money for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to two people who have spoken with him. He has asked friends about how a shutdown would affect him politically and has told several people he would put the blame on Democrats.”

He plans to blame Democrats – which is making it harder for Republicans to have any standing ground in future negotiations.

“When you run for office and you get elected and you are given the opportunity to govern, it strikes me as a bad idea to shut the government down. That seems like an abdication of responsibility,” said Sen. John Cornyn (Tex.), the second-ranking Republican senator.

House Republican leaders are expected to reveal a measure on Friday to extend current funding until Dec. 22, according to multiple aides.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said Thursday that Congress will pass a short-term bill “to keep talks going. Hopefully, people will decide to participate in these talks.”

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