Marco Rubio Goes After Trump Administration on Shutdown: ‘Absolutely’ Could Have Been Handled Better
While speaking in Miami on Friday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) voiced his displeasure in how President Donald Trump and his White House team has handled the partial government shutdown. The shutdown has now entered its sixth day as Democrats and Republicans debate over funding for the border wall Trump campaigned on.
“Could the White House have handled this better? Absolutely,” Rubio said. “And I wish they had. I’m not sure it would have prevented a shutdown, but — but ultimately, these government shutdowns are not an ideal way to function.”
Rubio has asked the Office of Management and Budget to reverse a decision from the Department of Homeland Security which prevents the Federal Emergency Management Agency from renewing the National Flood Insurance Program policies while the shutdown is ongoing:
I’m urging @OMBPress to reverse a @DHSgov decision that prevents @FEMA from renewing the National Flood Insurance Program policies during the current government shutdown. Read my statement here: pic.twitter.com/9OlXwYdKzi
— Senator Rubio Press (@SenRubioPress) December 27, 2018
Trump has remained firm in his decision to insist the next round of government funding include money for a border wall.
“We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country is saddled with. Hard to believe there was a Congress & President who would approve,” he tweeted Friday morning.
Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) told Fox News on Friday he believes Congress was close to get a funding deal until Trump “went off his meds and who the hell knows what happens.”
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