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Dems blame Trump’s “temper tantrum” for shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic leaders say the government has shut down because President Donald Trump threw a “temper tantrum.”

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi say Trump “has gotten what he wanted” after threatening a shutdown several times. The government partially shut down at midnight after an impasse between Trump and Congress over money for a border wall.

The Democrats say the wall is “ineffective and expensive,” adding that Trump “convinced House Republicans to push our nation into a destructive Trump shutdown in the middle of the holiday season.”

Trump, in turn, has blamed Democrats for the shutdown.

Pelosi and Schumer said if the standoff isn’t resolved, Democrats will pass legislation to reopen the government when they take the House majority in January.