A top House Democrat argued Tuesday President Trump doesn't see a problem with a government shutdown because it wouldn't affect his personal properties.
"How could a shutdown be good, with parks closed, gov't services unavailable and people furloughed?" Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., tweeted. "Answer: Golf at Mar-a-lago unaffected."
How could a shutdown be good, with parks closed, gov't services unavailable and people furloughed? Answer: Golf at Mar-a-lago unaffected. pic.twitter.com/wUxImQJfUq— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) May 2, 2017
Trump on Tuesday called for a government shutdown at the end of September and an end to the legislative filibuster in the Senate in order to pass more of his priorities.
"The reason for the plan negotiated between the Republicans and Democrats is that we need 60 votes in the Senate which are not there!" Trump tweeted. "We either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good 'shutdown' in September to fix mess!"
A deal hammered out by congressional Republicans and Democrats over the weekend, and accepted by Trump, funds the government through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. However, many conservatives have called the deal a complete "cave" because it fails to strip taxpayer funds from Planned Parenthood and does not provide any funds for Trump's wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Still, the White House is touting increases in defense spending and border security as victories under the current funding agreement.