“All of this is just unnecessary. It is reckless. Senate Democrats have brought us to a shutdown,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement early Saturday morning.
But some Senate Republicans privately acknowledged Trump’s mixed messages on immigration, a lack of clarity from the White House, and a tweet in which the president seemingly came out against the GOP’s plan to include the CHIP extension in the short-term spending bill also hurt congressional Republicans’ efforts to pass a CR.
“Like one of his buildings, this shutdown will have Trump written all over it,” one senior Senate GOP aide told THE WEEKLY STANDARD early Saturday morning.