Former Democratic governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe advised Democrats in Congress to “not give an inch” to President Donald Trump’s demands for border wall funding in a spending bill before he signs it and that Trump “owns” the current partial government shutdown.
“Democrats should not give an inch. Donald Trump owns this,” McAuliffe told Dana Bash during an interview on Sunday with CNN’s “State of the Union.” “He said he wanted to own it in the December meeting in the Oval Office.”
The federal government is in its second week of a partial shutdown after Congress failed to fully pass a continuing resolution (CR) on Dec. 21 to keep the government fully funded into February.
The U.S. Senate unanimously voted for the CR on Dec. 19, but President Trump announced he would not sign it because it did not include at least $5 billion for border wall construction. Following Trump’s announcement, the U.S. House of Representatives passed its own CR on Dec. 20 that included $5.7 billion for a border wall.
The CR stalled when it went back to the Senate, forcing the partial shutdown, because it did not receive enough support to pass. Spending/funding bills require 60 votes to pass in the Senate. Republicans currently have a narrow majority of 51-49. All Senate Democrats refused and still refuse to support any bill that includes border wall construction funding.
McAuliffe accuses President Trump of “condoning” the first CR passed in the Senate because his “manhood” was challenged by conservative political commentators.
“They had a deal,” McAuliffe said on Sunday. “The Senate unanimously voted for a CR to take it into February. The White House condoned the vote. They took the vote and guess what? He listened to some right wing folks on radio who are his puppet masters.”
“They challenged his manhood and they pulled the strings – Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh – and he just moved,” McAuliffe continued. “And he said we’re not gonna go for it and here’s where we are today.”
McAuliffe recommended to House Democrats to vote on the CR passed in the Senate on day one of the new congressional session when Democrats take control of the House and send the bill to the president’s desk.
The former Virginia governor predicted that a border wall will never be built along the U.S.-Mexico border as President Trump promised during the campaign and throughout his presidency.
“This wall, this concrete wall, is never going to be built,” McAuliffe said on Sunday.
McAuliffe also accused President Trump of being too “emotional” and “unstable.”
“He’s been in the White House. He’s been isolated. He is too emotional. He is too unstable,” McAuliffe told Bash on Sunday.
McAuliffe told Bash that is he “obviously look at” running for president in the 2020 election when asked. He mentioned his accomplishments as governor of Virginia from 2014 to 2018 as qualifications for being president.
“I think what Americans want is their tired of this angry man, emotional man in the White House who, he’s a constant liar,” McAuliffe said on Sunday.