US President Donald Trump has blamed the government shutdown on the Democrats, calling it an anniversary present from the party.
The shutdown, which halts all but essential government activity, began Friday midnight, January 20, Trump’s one year inauguration anniversary.
Trump wrote on Twitter that “this is the One Year Anniversary of my Presidency and the Democrats wanted to give me a nice present. #DemocratShutdown.”
In separate tweets, Trump called for more Republicans to be elected in 2018, so that America can “power through mess” and be “even tougher on Crime (and Border), and even better to our Military & Veterans!”
His words: “Democrats are far more concerned with Illegal Immigrants than they are with our great Military or Safety at our dangerous Southern Border. They could have easily made a deal but decided to play Shutdown politics instead. #WeNeedMoreRepublicansIn18 in order to power through mess!
“For those asking, the Republicans only have 51 votes in the Senate, and they need 60. That is why we need to win more Republicans in 2018 Election! We can then be even tougher on Crime (and Border), and even better to our Military & Veterans.
“Democrats are holding our Military hostage over their desire to have unchecked illegal immigration. Can’t let that happen!”