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The Week In Politics: A Holiday Shutdown


We’re going to spin now to NPR’s Tamara Keith to speak about a third-time-this-year prejudiced supervision shutdown. President Trump put out a video on Twitter.


PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: We’re going to have a shutdown. There’s zero we can do about that given we need a Democrats to give us their votes. Call it a Democrat shutdown. Call it whatever we want. But we need their assistance to get this approved. So, Democrats, we have a smashing list of things that we need to keep a nation safe.

SIMON: NPR’s Tamara Keith, as we mentioned, joins us. Tam, I’m entertainment that’s not what a Democrats call it.

TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: No. They would be job it a Trump shutdown and a rage tantrum. And they have a really absolute broker assisting them make their case. That would be nothing other than President Trump himself, who, usually final week in a Oval Office, with cameras rolling, told Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer that he would gladly close a supervision down.


TRUMP: we will close down a government.


TRUMP: Absolutely.

SCHUMER: Fair enough.


SCHUMER: We disagree.

TRUMP: …Am proud. And I’ll tell…

SCHUMER: We disagree.

TRUMP: …You what – we am unapproachable to close down a supervision for limit security, Chuck, given a people of this nation don’t wish criminals and people that have lots of problems and drugs pouring into a country. So we will take a mantle. we will be a one to close it down. I’m not going to censure we for it.

KEITH: Well, he’s blaming him now. And given a boss pronounced that, some things have changed. First, a Senate simply upheld a proxy magnitude to keep a supervision open. The boss was, in theory, on board. And then, all of a sudden, it crumbled, and a boss pronounced he wouldn’t pointer it.

The House afterwards passed, with Republican votes alone, a check that would spend about $5 billion on limit confidence and a wall. But that can’t pass a Senate given Democrats are a tough no on a limit wall. So final night, they strike an impasse, and a supervision is partially close down.

SIMON: Are negotiations happening?

KEITH: They are underway among congressional leaders and a White House. The White House group includes a bill director, Jared Kushner, a clamp president, a legislative affairs director, Shahira Knight.

I asked Press Secretary Sarah Sanders either a boss is peaceful to accept reduction than that $5 billion – either it all has to be for a wall or either it could be for limit confidence and other things – and all she would contend is, we are stability to negotiate to get limit confidence funding. She didn’t privately contend wall.

But as for how this competence finish or when it competence end, we don’t know. All we know is that members of Congress have been told they will get 24 hours’ notice to lapse for votes, so it will not finish today.

SIMON: Seems to be stranded between a wall and billions of dollars. Is there any approach out of this?

KEITH: we wish we knew accurately how they’d get out of it. But we think, in part, it’ll come down to a clarification of dual things – limit and – limit confidence and a wall. And, we know, President Trump is hung adult on a wall. His supporters are hung adult on a wall. They chanted, build a wall. Build a wall. They didn’t chant, build limit confidence systems with additional manpower and electronic surveillance.

SIMON: That’s cumbersome. But go ahead. Yeah.

KEITH: Yeah. It doesn’t have a same ring to it. But final night, President Trump, in that Twitter video, started articulate about a wall in a opposite way.


TRUMP: The usually thing that’s going to stop that is good limit confidence with a wall or a slat blockade or whatever we wish to call it. But we need a good barrier. And if we don’t have it, it’s never going to work.

KEITH: So maybe steel slat separator is a new wall.

SIMON: Tamara Keith, interjection so much.

KEITH: You’re welcome.

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