Bill Kristol, editor-at-large of The Weekly Standard, complained about President Donald Trump’s behavior during the government shutdown and called it too “partisan” and “personal” for his taste, on MSNBC’s “Velshi And Ruhle” on Monday.
Host Stephanie Ruhle played a clip of a White House answering machine blaming Democrats for holding the budget hostage and causing the government shutdown. Kristol took offense and said it represents Trump’s desire to be the center of attention.
“I do think in this respect, the Trump White House has revealed itself to be what it’s been for a year, which is incredibly partisan, incredibly personal. It’s all about Trump. It’s about what he wants. There’s no sense of institution and the taxpayers and the citizenry for whom they work,” Kristol said
Kristol said the Trump administration failed to provide an example for the American people to look up to and prematurely declared victory for Democrats on DACA.
“They talk a lot about American citizens but they don’t actually act as if they are the place American citizens are supposed to look to for nonpartisan guidance and non-personal guidance,” Kristol continued. “For me, the big picture is we’re likely to move on immigration reform in the next month, six weeks and it’s likely to include DACA, you know, a victory for the Democrats basically on DACA. And something Donald Trump is not going to be part of.”
Kristol believes Trump would take credit for anything positive, even if he had nothing to do with it and said it’s “healthy” for Republicans to work with Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer.
“If there’s a deal, believe me, Donald Trump is not going to attack the deal. He’s going to take credit and claim he was on the phone constantly with all these leaders. So I just think it is healthy that Congressional Republicans and Democrats even Senator Schumer have decided they can work with each other,” Kristol concluded. “How much are congressional Republicans willing to liberate themselves from the Trump White House?”
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