While the Trump administration continues to point fingers at Democrats for the current government shutdown, it was just over a month ago that President Trump took responsibility for the shutdown himself.
“I am proud to shut down the government for border security,” Trump told the Democratic leaders in a meeting that took place in the Oval Office last month. “I will take the mantle. I will shut it down, I’m not going to blame you for it.”
Once Trump actually did shutdown the government, however, he began pointing fingers at the Democrats, as he tried to convince them to meet his demands on building a wall.
Last night on Fox News, Vice President Mike Pence sat down for an interview with Chris Wallace. Wallace jumped into the shutdown debate by pointing his finger directly at Pence and the Trump administration.
“You could open the government tomorrow,” Wallace insisted. “You could open the government tomorrow.”
Mike Pence began responding to Wallace, by saying, “We could do all of that….”
Wallace, however, immediately cut Pence off and again insisted, “You could open the government tomorrow. The House has passed bills to open the government tomorrow. Why don’t you sign them and open the government and then you can negotiate about this (border wall and border security funding).”
Pence appeared to be caught a bit off guard, and struggled initially to find his words.
“Well, because, I mean, I mean, frankly Chris, what the American people want us to do is to work on their priorities, and the American people want us to secure the border and reopen the government.”
Chris Wallace, responded, “No, isn’t it really that you just want the leverage, and you figure that if you don’t keep the government closed then they are going to go no where?”
Pence then responded by putting the blame on Nancy Pelosi. The segment can be seen below.
Chris Wallace presses Pence: "You could open the government tomorrow" … "Isn't it really that you just want the leverage?" pic.twitter.com/4hubr65EIi
— Matt Shuham (@mattshuham) January 20, 2019