Trump: Shutdown ‘Could Happen’ But ‘It’s Up To The Democrats’ [VIDEO]

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent
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President Donald Trump lamented a possible government shutdown during a Thursday appearance at the Pentagon.


Lawmakers have funded the government through Jan 19 as negotiations continue over the children’s health insurance program and Obama-era protections for illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors. Trump threw negotiations into turmoil when he appeared to endorse not including a 6 year extension of the CHIP program in the spending bill set to be voted on Friday, meant to be a measure to induce Democrats voting for it.

House Speaker Paul Ryan however clarified that he spoke to the president after his tweet and that he supports Republican’s plans to fund the government due to be voted on Thursday. In the event of a government shutdown, thousands of workers will be furloughed and any workers deemed essential must work without pay, including troops deployed at war.

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