Mulvaney: Democrats Shut Down Gov't to Avoid Talking About Trump's Successes

By Susan Jones | January 22, 2018 | 6:23am EST
Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (Photo: Screen grab/CBS's "Face the Nation")

( - White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said Democrats deliberately shut down the government on the first anniversary of Trump's presidency to take the focus off Trump's"good many successes."

Mulvaney made the comments on CBS's "Face the Nation" when he was asked about the government shutdown, now in its third day:

"I think part of the reason is that this is the first anniversary of the president's inauguration," Mulvaney said.

"And I think the left wing of the Democrat Party is extraordinarily disappointed with how the first year has gone, because the president has a good many successes, the tax bill, the success in the stock markets, the advances that we have had in employment and the economy and so forth.

"And I think one of the reasons you're seeing the Democrats pick this fight right now, and reason that it is different than it has been in the past is because here we are on the first anniversary, should be talking about the successes, and instead we're talking about a shutdown."

Mulvaney said the administration has been "very straightforward from the beginning."

"We do not want this shutdown. And that's why you have seen the president work so hard, and why we're so frustrated that Senate Democrats can't seem to figure out a way to get to yes."

Appearing on the same program, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) blamed the shutdown on Republicans and President Trump's lack of leadership:

But let me just add -- and I think this is key and why we call it the Trump shutdown -- there was an effort made, at the invitation of President Trump, for Chuck Schumer to come to the White House on Friday and avoid this.

They sat down for lunch, four of them, both the president, Schumer. Each of them brought their aides, John Kelly and Mike Lynch. And they reached a basic agreement. In that agreement, Chuck Schumer made major concessions to the president to get this job done. Two hours later, the White House called and said, 'It's over. We're not interested.'

Durbin also mentioned his own meeting with President Trump at the White House on January 9:

"Do you remember January 9? You might have seen the president left the cameras on in the Cabinet Room and we sat with him. I was sitting right next to him. It was the fourth time we had ever had a conversation. And we were talking about DACA and dreamers.

"And the president said: You send me a bill, and I will sign it. Within 48 hours, Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, and I presented a bill to him, which was summarily rejected.

"So, what happened to Schumer happened to us. We can't reach the agreement we need for this nation without leadership from a president."

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