Trump Calls Schumer's Bluff: "If There's A Shutdown, There's A Shutdown... Democrats Would Be To Blame"

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With Democrats seemingly unsatisfied with Republicans dropping border wall funding and adjusting on Obamacare-related items, it appears President Trump is calling Schumer's and Pelosi's bluff, proclaiming "If there's a shutdown, there's a shutdown," adding that Democrats would be to blame if the federal government was left unfunded.

Schumer today:


Pelosi added:


And so, as Reuters reports, President Donald Trump downplayed the severity of a potential government shutdown, making it clear who will be to blame...

"We'll see what happens. If there's a shutdown, there's a shutdown," Trump told Reuters in an interview, adding that Democrats would be to blame if the federal government was left unfunded.


Trump added that a shutdown would be a "very negative thing" but that his administration was prepared if it was necessary.

As part of the budget negotiations, Democrats have called for financial support to prop up Puerto Rico's Medicaid program covering health insurance for the poor, but many Republicans are opposed to the idea. Trump also said it would be unfair to offer a debt bailout to Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, because it was unfair to people in U.S. states.

"I don't think that's fair to the people of Iowa, and I don't think it's fair to the people of Wisconsin and Ohio and North Carolina and Pennsylvania that we should be bailing out Puerto Rico for billions and billions of dollars," Trump said. " No I don't think that's fair."

Notably, while equity markets are whistling complecentlypast the graveyard, USA sovereign risk has surged back to its highest (relative to Germany) since Trump's election as the threat of a government shutdown gets priced into a non-manipulated market...

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Crash Overide's picture

Please shut it all down and no hurry to start it back up...

iampreparedru's picture

And no back pay, collect unemployment like everyone else. Or better yet stop being a leech and get a productive job that improves our economy.

WTFRLY's picture

GOOD. I am rooting for full cartharsis.

Manthong's picture

.gov catharsis is stimulative for patriots…

..bring it.


please please…..

Shut the damn thing down


Manthong's picture


I keep fighting my inner anarchist ..

..but Jefferson and Madison might have been just a little too left-wing for me.


HalinCA's picture

... lol ... Jefferson was an opportunist ... without the Lousiana Purchase, what place in history woud he have?


Read this and learn:

political_proxy's picture

Read this and learn:

The Declaration of Independence

Manthong's picture

I am good with the Porto Rigging solution as long as he does not bail out the Mexican Republic of Illinois.


I would put the freaking state out on the curb on trash day in hope it would gone by morning but the stench of Chicago probably would deter even the scroungiest scavengers  

Syrin's picture

WHAT ?!?!? Did Ivanka give him his fucking balls back from her purse?

Mustafa Kemal's picture

I guess Hailin missed that little detail

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Title: Trump Calls Schumer's Bluff: "If There's A Shutdown, There's A Shutdown... Democrats Would Be To Blame"

My response: President TRUMP must be one HELL of a POKER PLAYER.

Democratic leadership have proven themselves to be DEPSPOTS with REPROBATE MINDS who are under the influence.

The SWAMP is wide and DEEP.

MY VOTE; Shut it all down because the entire economy is BS anyway ... FAKE EARNINGS leading to FAKE ECONOMIC reports created by FAKE BUSINESS LEADERS published as TRUTH by  FAKE NEWS MSM outlets.

quadraspleen's picture

"As part of the budget negotiations, Democrats have called for financial support to prop up Puerto Rico's Medicaid program"

Follow the money

Mustafa Kemal's picture

I think we forget that essentially Puerto Rico is now run by a cabal of RINOs

null's picture

He did sign a certain "import restriction" during the 9th congress in 1807 (session 2, chapter 22) which many might find significant.

SgtShaftoe's picture

That should be front page news on ZH. +1000

10mm's picture

What's a productive job in a no productive economy? 

scoutshonor's picture

You know, in many ways this discussion about lame ass leeches attached to the fed/state/local government is a great deal like the red/blue blather that goes on so often.

Obama bad (true) Hillary horrible (also true), people seem often to stake out one side or the other without an examination of both.

My question: when was the last time you ventured into the private sector with real money you earned seeking to purchase a service and were satisfied with what you received?

I hope your experience in the private sector have been better than mine but I have felt for some time that the "good enough for government" work ethic has infected the private sector almost completely.

Speaking from personal experience my list of do not use establishments is much longer than the ones that I will consider returning to.  Put another way, "taking my BMW in for service at a price of 1,476.00 is no better than going to the DMV to get my license renewed."

One is worse than the other--but both are unacceptable.

kareninca's picture

"when was the last time you ventured into the private sector with real money you earned seeking to purchase a service and were satisfied with what you received?"

Veterinary care.

"Alternative" medical care for humans.

Regular medical care for my ancient father in law.

Our local mechanic (for our old Honda civic).

The guys from Comcast who set up the wiring for our cable tv (my 92 y.o. father in law loves sports tv).

Hired by other people, and impressive:

The kindly broke baby boomers whom my aging parents hire to clean their house and do their yard work (I'm 3000 miles away so I can't do it).

My grandmother's sister's daughter, who takes care of feeble old people.

There are a lot of competent, hardworking people out there.  Maybe the ones who service BMWs are not the best sample.

scoutshonor's picture

I'm glad to hear your experience out there has been better than mine.  Perhaps there is hope for our country.  Top of the day to ya.

JohnGaltUk's picture

Ayn Rand put it best when she wrote, when you set minimums they soon become maximums.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

"My question: when was the last time you ventured into the private sector with real money you earned seeking to purchase a service and were satisfied with what you received?"

I just went to the DMV express and it indeed was fast and efficient. It also looked like that payed attention to do it right. Pretty impressed compared to my previous experience with the DMV

Long memory man's picture

Here in the UK 47% are on the public payroll somehow or other.

We are actively installing SOVIETS all over the country, and busy installing GAULEITERS

(mayors) over regions, once side or another, all the same but keep the system protected.

Good luck at getting them to join the FREE world, they can't hack it, its tough.

ThisIsMadness's picture

Most people don't realized that Government employees are given back pay, etc. during a shut down. And there are many worthless individuals working within that are incapable of being "productive."

max_leering's picture

Shutdown!?!?... we don't need no steeeeenken' shutdown!... unless it's permanent, like forever, in perpetuity, etc, etc

tmosley's picture

Told ya, peanutz.

DogeCoin's picture

Trump better deliver on this shut down.

SgtShaftoe's picture

I'd happily forfeit my tax refund for a real and indefinite total shutdown. Shut it all down.

shamus001's picture

He's the perfect president to deliver a shutdown... his wealth is seperate from the STATE.  

Mustafa Kemal's picture

If Trump delivers here, it will certainly be one thing he did right in his  first 100 days.

max_leering's picture

besides, Shumer's a pussy and a big ol' crybaby... total p.o.s.

and Nazi Pelosi is a true cunt

SAE6065's picture

Your being too kind by calling Pelosi a cunt


max_leering's picture

called her a 'true' cunt, i.e. a real cunt, an authentic cunt, a verifiable cunt... the cunt of cunts

Anarchyteez's picture

Government = nemesis of mankind.

Choke on you damn budget please!

sinbad2's picture

The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is very apt to spread discontent among those who are.

HL Mencken

JLee2027's picture

Couple months of shutdown and everyone will wonder why we needed all that gov't in the first place.

artichoke's picture

This will be a good exercise in seeing which nonessential employees are completely unnecessary.  And just don't bring them back.

Jein's picture

Idk for roads and clean water and shit 

curbjob's picture

Most of the planet doesn't have roads or clean water and very often,  people live there.

Ironically,  the third world would probably benefit the most from a US Gov. shutdown.

I hear insurance premiums are astronomical for wedding reception halls in Yemen, for example. 

aurum4040's picture

I am all in for smaller gov. But in terms of it or not at this point they are necessary in this country moreso than anywhere else on earth. Who would gather enough money from enough people to pay for it and then contract it out? In this day and age? No one. Not until the roads were nearly impassable at a reasonable rate of speed. And even then, it would take longer than anyone could imagine to organize, fund and implement the projects. Gov is inefficient yes and alot of it is unnecessary, but some things must remain and roads/transportation is one of them. 

Mustafa Kemal's picture

You can fund road improvements through the blockchain. Without government. 

aurum4040's picture

The third world would be fucked if there was an extended shutdown - they'd be searching for USD dollars they couldn't a full time job...

navy62802's picture

Haha. Shumer's a schoolyard sissy. He'll back down and be the loser he's always been in life.

j0nx's picture

I don't know. He's scoring an A++ so far in making the GOP his bitches thanks to knock kneed Paul Rino and Turtle McConnell. To call those two losers conservatives is a slap in the face to the term. GOP is doomed as a viable entity until they do something about their senior 'leadership' or lack thereof.

eatthebanksters's picture

Schumer and Pelosi still haven't got the news...Trump has way more spport than they do.

WTFUD's picture

How come President Trump ain't resorting to blackmail like Obama? Surely he's got the goods on half these paedos directing the traffic in DC, unless of-course he's also a member of that club.

null's picture

Um, because two wrongs don't make a right?
(Suspected) criminals ought to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and with 90+% of term remaining, perhaps it is good strategy to give them opportunity to act in such a[n honorable] way as to mitigate their sentencing.

So sad that the poor guy would be accused of being a member. Perhaps this helps to make the point that he cannot even count on tentative respect from those that seem to superficially agree with his stated intentions (if not the timeline).