White House officials told Brietbart News a federal budget with a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals measure attached to it will not be considered.
“We will not negotiate over the status of people here unlawfully while Democrats shut down the government of the millions who are here lawfully,” a White House aide told Breitbart News Saturday.
The comment was confirmed by director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short and White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney during a briefing with reporters at the White House, Brietbart reported.
Short said negotiations about DACA are still open, but the White House does not want it attached to government funding.
“[W]e’re not going to be held hostage and let our troops be held hostage over this,” he said. “When they reopen the government, we will continue the discussions.”
In part, Democrats shut down the government to impress leftist activist that are upset about “Trump’s success in his first year as president,” the report states.
“They look at the accomplishments of the last year and all this administration has accomplished, and their reaction is, ‘Because we can’t beat them, what we’re going to do is we’re going to shut down the government,'” Short said in the Brietbart report.
Mulvaney said the Trump administration is trying to minimize fallout from the shutdown, unlike what happened in 2013 during a government shutdown under the Obama administration.
For example, employees in the Environmental Protection Agency, cybersecurity agencies, national parks, mine safety inspections and trade negotiations will continue to work, the report stated.
They squarely placed the blame for the government shutdown on Democrats.
In response to the shutdown, President Donald Trump canceled a trip to Florida and a pending trip to Davos, Switzerland, is “being considered on a day-by-day basis,” the report states.
Senate Democrats are like toddlers having a temper tantrum, Mulvaney said.
“It is like a two-year-old temper tantrum to say, ‘I will take my toys and go home because I am upset about something else,’” he said. “It has nothing to do with this bill, and the Democrats are conducting a two-year-old temper tantrum in front of the American people.”