New Delhi, Jan 20: After his meeting with top Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer failed to reach a deal with the Opposition over spending and immigration, US President Donald Trump on Saturday said that the Democrats want a shutdown of the federal government to diminish the ‘great success’ of tax cuts and the booming economy. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, President Trump said that chances were not looking good that talks in Congress would break an impasse over spending and avert a US government shutdown.
“Dems want a Shutdown in order to help diminish the great success of the Tax Cuts, and what they are doing for our booming economy,” Trump tweeted.
Earlier on Friday, the US Senate did not approve the new funds necessary to finance the government. The budget proposal presented by the Republicans got more votes in favour (50) than against (48), but they were insufficient to approve funds which required the support of 60 senators.
A deal to fund the government until February 16 was passed by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Thursday to enable an extension of the negotiation period between Democrats and Republicans for the final budget, Efe reported. However, the Democrats conditioned their support for the funding bill, on that Trump and the Republicans agree to regularise nearly 800,000 undocumented youth known as “dreamers.”
Their legal status, which these young people were granted by former US president Barack Obama, expires on March 5, the date from which their deportations could begin.
Although Trump was personally involved in the negotiations with the Democrats to secure the funds needed to keep his government functioning, it did not reap any results. In anticipation of an imminent government shutdown, Trump cancelled his planned trip to Mar-a-Lago, his Florida mansion, where he intended to celebrate his first anniversary at the White House on Saturday.
(With inputs from agencies)