President Donald Trump's critics have blamed him for shutting down the government on his demand for billions in the wallet, but one lawmaker argued he was the most rational person involved in the negotiations.
In a "Meet the Press "interview Sunday, House minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) Praised Trump as an even-keeled dealmaker, pinning the blame for the shutdown on speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Instead.
" I watched the president in every one of these meetings offering a reasonable solution, "he told host Chuck Todd. "I watched Speaker Pelosi sit there and would not negotiate with anything, so I give President Trump a lot of credit. He put the American people before politics. "
Todd has pointed out that the president gave in just after 35 days, wondering what he said. Still, McCarthy circled back to his defense of Trump, contending that president made offering while Pelosi remained obstinate, refusing to indulge his ideas.
"So when you think about 35 days," McCarthy said, "we've got Pelosi not talking to the president and finally said, 'This is too much.'"
Pushing back on the congressman's Narrative, Todd reminded him that Trump has threatened to declare a national emergency. But McCarthy falsely claims "that is not true," calling the president "the only one who has been reasonable in these negotiations."
Earlier this month, Trump made headlines for that exact threat.
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Trump's border security plan.
The government is reopening for at least three weeks as a result of Democrats and Republicans face a time crisis. If the impasse is not broken, the government shutdown could resume on Feb. 16.