(National Sentinel)Â Partisan: As a government shutdown loomed closer on Friday, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney took to the dais in the briefing room to take reporters’ questions about the most recent developments in negotiations.
During his opening statements, Mulvaney dubbed the impasse over budget agreement the “Schumer Shutdown,” a reference to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who is believed to be purposefully tanking negotiations and angling for the government to be shut down over political demands such as citizenship for illegal aliens.
When Mulvaney called onÂ CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta, who is frequently combative with Trump administration officials, he questioned why the budget director blamed the shutdown on Schumer and Democrats.
“At the comments beginning this you said it was the Schumer shutdown. How could it be the Schumer Shutdown when Republicans control the White House, the House and the Senate?”
At that, Mulvaney took a mocking, disciplinary tone.
“Come on. You know the answer to that as well as anybody. I have to laugh when people say that. â€˜Oh we control the House, the Senate, the White House, why canâ€™t you get this done?'” he said.
“You know as well as anybody that it takes 60 votes in the Senate to pass an appropriations bill. Right? You know that?”
“I know that,” Acosta admitted.
“So when you only have 51 votes in the senate you have to have Democrat support in order to keep the government to fund the government. So thatâ€™s the answer to your question,” Mulvaney said.
Watch the exchange:
Republicans have lashed out at Democrats over their refusal to agree to a long-term budget which they say is detrimental to military readiness, a position that Defense Secretary James Mattis, a former four-star Marine general, agrees with.
In the short term, Republicans blame Democrats for holding the U.S. military hostage and putting illegal aliens ahead of troops, including those deployed in combat zones.
A government shutdown means U.S. military personnel don’t get paid, even those forward-deployed.
The last time the government shut down was in 2013. Democrats again blamed Republicans for the shutdown and many think it will harm the GOP in this year’s elections like they believed it would harm Republicans then.
The GOP won commanding majorities in the House and Senate the following year.
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