Pelosi: I think the American people recognize that we must keep government open, that a shutdown is not worth anything, and that you should not have a Trump shutdown. You have the White House —Trump: Did you say “Trump” — oh, oh.Pelosi: A “Trump shutdown.” You have the White House —Trump: I was going to call it a “Pelosi shutdown.”Pelosi: You have the Senate. You have the House of Representatives. You have the votes. You should pass it right now.Trump: No, we don’t have the votes, Nancy, because in the Senate, we need 60 votes and we don’t have it.Pelosi: No, no, but in the House, you could bring it up right now, today.Trump: Yeah, but I can’t — excuse me. But I can’t get it passed in the House if it’s not going to pass in the Senate. I don’t want to waste time.Pelosi: Well, the fact is you can get it started that way.Trump: The House we can get passed very easily, and we do.Pelosi: Okay, then do it. Then do it.Trump: But the problem is the Senate, because we need 10 Democrats to vote, and they won’t vote.This sparring over votes kept going and going and going with Schumer getting into the act.Pelosi: — you begin, you make your point, you state your case. That’s what the House Republicans could do, if they had the votes. But there are no votes in the House, a majority of votes, for a wall — no matter where you start.Schumer: That is exactly right. You don’t have the votes in the House.Trump: If I needed the votes for the wall in the House, I would have them — in one session, it would be done.Pelosi: Well, then go do it. Go do it.
Schumer: Twenty times you have called for, “I will shut down the government if I don’t get my wall.” None of us have said —Trump: You want to know something?Schumer: You’ve said it.Trump: Okay, you want to put that on my —Schumer: You said it.Trump: I’ll take it.Schumer: Okay, good.Trump: You know what I’ll say: Yes, if we don’t get what we want, one way or the other — whether it’s through you, through a military, through anything you want to call — I will shut down the government. Absolutely.Schumer: Okay. Fair enough. We disagree.Trump: And I am proud — and I’ll tell you what —Schumer: We disagree.Trump: I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck, because the people of this country don’t want criminals and people that have lots of problems and drugs pouring into our country. So I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not going to blame you for it. The last time you shut it down, it didn’t work. I will take the mantle of shutting down.
Source: The Washington Post