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Mulvaney: It’s Democrats Who Wanted a Shutdown, Trump’s Just ‘Frustrated’ With Them

Tuesday’s White House press briefing was hosted by Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget. Both of them ended up slamming Senate Democrats, saying they nearly led the government to a shutdown with their reluctance to allocate any funds for President Trump‘s border wall in the government’s new funding bill.

Mulvaney took the lead throughout most of the briefing, where he said that Senate Democrats were exaggerating their political victories while Trump actually “out-negotiated” them. Mulvaney argued that Trump’s victory was in avoiding a politically-embarrassing shutdown that could play into the hands of White House opponents and critics.

“They wanted a shutdown,” Mulvaney said. “We know that. They were desperate to make this administration look like we couldn’t function, like we couldn’t govern.”

Trump blasted the Senate earlier today on Twitter, and he suggested that “a good shutdown” might be the best way to approach budget negotiations in September.

Mulvaney explained that tweet thusly:

“I think the President is frustrated with the fact that he negotiated in good faith with the Democrats and they went out to try and spike the football and make him look bad.”

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