As he and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell battle over government funding, the Senate minority leader said on Tuesday that he’s fretting that Trump will balk at a short-term spending bill during the Democratic effort to oust him from office.
“I’m increasingly worried that President Trump will want to shut down the government again because of impeachment,” Schumer told reporters. “He always likes to create diversions. I hope and pray he won’t want to cause another government shutdown because it might be a diversion away from impeachment.”
Republicans have insisted the government will not shut down, but that was also their position in December when Trump kicked off the longest government shutdown in history over Democrats’ refusal to fund his border wall. Without action, the government will shut down Nov. 22.