Dem Senator Blasts Trump For ‘Sitting On The Sidelines Pretending Obama Is President’ As Gov. Inches To Shutdown
Democratic Sen. Ed Markey (Mass.) blamed a looming government shutdown on President Trump and Republicans, arguing that Democrats have tried to provide input.
Appearing on CNN Thursday, Markey said: “We’re unwilling to allow for the Republicans to just sit alone, draft legislation that governs the entire country without any Democrats in the room at all. We don’t want to shut down the government, the Republicans are shutting down the government.”
Markey blasted President Trump, saying he has not taken an active leadership role in avoiding a shutdown.
“The president is sitting on the sidelines pretending that Barack Obama is president somehow, and criticizing the process by which we create legislation in Congress to pass a budget that funds our country,” Markey said.
Markey suggested leadership from both parties and Trump should gather in a room to hammer out an agreement by the end of the weekend.
He challenged Trump to “come back and be the leader,” knocking him for a visit earlier in the day to Pennsylvania in support of a Republican congressional candidate.
The president has blamed Democrats for wanting to shut down the government over immigration issues.
The House passed a stopgap measure Thursday night, but Democrats have indicated they have enough votes in the Senate to block the bill from passing. A few Republican senators have also said they oppose a temporary funding bill.
Republicans and Democrats have argued that the other side will be to blame should lawmakers fail to reach a deal before the Friday night deadline. However, according to recent polls, a vast majority Americans will blame Republicans for the shutdown.
Watch Sen. Markey’s interview below:
Sen. Ed Markey: "The President is sitting on the sidelines. … Please Mr. President, get off the campaign trail. … Come back and be the leader, and will negotiate with you" https://t.co/j8Vls91hjz pic.twitter.com/Zw6syR4pef
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