President Donald Trump and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released blistering statements late Friday night and early Saturday morning as the government shutdown loomed over Washington.
In both statements, the White House is making it clear that Democrats own the shutdown.
What did Sanders say?
Just minutes before midnight, Sanders released a statement declaring that Democrats had put "politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country’s ability to serve all Americans."
"Senate Democrats own the Schumer Shutdown," she said, adding that Democrats were acting like "obstructionist losers."
"We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrant while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands," she explained. "When Democrats start paying our armed forces and first responders we will repoen negotiations on immigration reform."
"During this politically manufactured Schumer shutdown, the President and his administration will fight for and protect the administration," she said.
She later added on Twitter that Democrats can't stop the "booming Trump economy," so they've decided to stop the government instead.
One year into the Trump presidency, Democrats can't shut down the booming Trump economy so they shut down the gover… https://t.co/g7I9CJzd3E— Kayleigh McEnany (@Kayleigh McEnany)1516452738.0
What did Trump say?
Early Saturday morning, the president took to his Twitter account to blast Democrats for being "far more concerned with Illegal Immigrants than they are with our great Military or Safety at our dangerous Southern Border."
Democrats are far more concerned with Illegal Immigrants than they are with our great Military or Safety at our dan… https://t.co/eHAkBL3AjB— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1516447030.0
This is the One Year Anniversary of my Presidency and the Democrats wanted to give me a nice present. #DemocratShutdown— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1516448015.0
For those asking, the Republicans only have 51 votes in the Senate, and they need 60. That is why we need to win mo… https://t.co/VAQ4O1yYv5— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1516448641.0