Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is staying away from government as the shutdown continues, according to a new report.
On Saturday, The Washington Post reported that the Republican leader is spending his holidays in Kentucky while staying away from any negotiations to get the government back up and running.
“McConnell is home in Kentucky, and the senator’s spokesman, Donald Stewart, said it’s up to President Trump and the Democrats to come up with a deal to end the stalemate over funding for Trump’s border wall,” The Post explained. “In other words, in McConnell’s view, it’s not on him.”
The newspaper reported that “McConnell is dealing with an unreliable partner in the White House.”
According to The Post, McConnell cannot trust Donald Trump and is now trying to distance himself from the president after taking notice.
McConnell’s former chief of staff explained his political position on the shutdown.
“The difference between his position now and his position over the last 10 years is he was representing the party that had the impasse in final negotiations, so it was incumbent on him to find a way out of the impasse,” said Josh Holmes. “So when people say McConnell should come in and negotiate a way out of this, they’re asking him to negotiate against himself.”
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