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Is the government shutdown President Trump’s fault?

Screenshot from CBS News' YouTube video: Government shutdown: How it happened

President Trump’s second year in office did not start the way he had hoped. It was supposed to be a day of celebration in Florida for the president. Instead, he is dealing with the first government shutdown since 2013. The Senate failed to pass the House’s spending measure that would have kept the government running through the middle of February. The measure needed 60 votes to get through the Senate and to the president’s desk, but it fell well short of the 60-vote threshold. The measure got only 50 votes, with 49 against. For once, it was not a party-line vote, as some Republicans voted against it and some Democrats voted for it.

With the government shutdown, the blame game has started on who is at fault and the Democrats were quick to point at President Trump. According to CNN, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on the floor of the Senate, speaking of the president, “It’s almost as if you were rooting for a shutdown.” Schumer continued, “And now we will have one. And the blame should crash entirely on President Trump’s shoulders. This will be called the Trump shutdown. This will be called the Trump shutdown because there is no one, no one, who deserves the blame for the position we find ourselves in than President Trump.” Senator Schumer’s remarks raise the question: Is the government shutdown President Trump’s fault?

CBS News covering Government shutdown: How it happened

The Issue

Is the president at fault for the government shutdown? Did he fail in his role as the chief negotiator for his party? Or, should he not be blamed because he is not in charge of the Senate?

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