President Donald Trump will blame the shutdown on the “unprecedented level of obstruction and abuse” by congressional Republicans, according to an exclusive report by The Hill.
The president, who has repeatedly expressed frustration with the GOP, has said the House will have to act quickly to reopen the government to reopen government.
But Trump also said the government shutdown has not been about Republicans.
He said on Friday that Republicans are trying to undermine the economy by not paying for a border wall and “have no credibility” on healthcare, and “they have no respect for the Constitution.”
But a statement from the White House on Sunday morning said Trump will not blame House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for the impasse.
The administration said the shutdown is the result of the “uncivil and partisan” partisan attacks that have continued for more than a year by Republican leaders who have blocked a number of executive orders and other actions that would strengthen the economy.
The White House said the impasses are “about the economy and protecting the middle class” and are “unrelated to the President’s policy priorities.”
The president will meet with Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Ryan on Monday, the White of House said.
The meeting is a “very positive development,” according to the statement.
The shutdown has prompted congressional Democrats to call for a bipartisan resolution to end the impassable standoff.
They have called for a debt ceiling increase to be approved by Congress and a budget resolution passed by the House to avert a government shutdown.
The Democratic-controlled House is expected to vote on that measure next week.