FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters after he addressed a closed Senate Republican policy lunch as a partial government shutdown enters its 19th day on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 9, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Young
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said Democrats would be to blame if the government shuts down when a temporary funding bill expires on Friday.
“It’s up to the Democrats,” Trump told reporters at the White House when asked whether the government was headed toward its second shutdown of the winter.
Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Makini Brice; Editing by Tim Ahmann