Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci said during a recent interview that both sides are to blame for the government shut down which has now passed into its 22nd day—the longest in American history.
Democrats in Congress and President Trump have locked their horns in the funding battle with neither side making any progress in the negotiation process.
“I’m not here blaming the president, Chris. I know there’s a lot of people who want to blame him. I think there’s blame on both sides. But I think that the big thing here now is that you’ve got 20 days, longest government shutdown in history. You’re going to start to affect the stock market and the economy,” Scaramucci said during an interview with CNN host Chris Cuomo, as the Washington Examiner reports.
Scaramucci, who served in the administration for ten days, theorized that President Trump would probably be more critical of those involved with the shutdown if he was not serving in the administration himself.
“If you were Mr. Trump at the Trump Organization, watching President John Smith and Nancy and Chuck go at it like this, boy, I got to tell you, he would be upset about that. He would probably be on Howard Stern right now saying, ‘Can you believe that these guys can’t get along or bridge the gap or drop their egos to come together?'” Scaramucci said.
During the interview, Scaramucci advised the president not to declare a national emergency—a strategy he has previously floated to secure border wall funding.
From the Washington Examiner:
Cuomo said Trump could declare a national emergency and possibly come out from it unscathed. Scaramucci joked that that type of executive action was used in an episode of “House of Cards,” but said the precedent it would set for his successors makes it the wrong move to make at this point.
“It’s obviously not right to do it. I would caution him not to do it. I hope he has people inside the room with him who are saying, hey, don’t do this. This is a domino effect. You’ve got so many wins on the board,” he said. “Why give up so many points on the scoreboard for these ego-driven, north-going/south-going acts?”
Cuomo said he never believed Trump was serious in his campaign promise to build a wall the full length of the 1,942-mile U.S.-Mexico border. Approximately one-third of the border has some type of barrier.
As the Hill reports, President Trump said he would not rush into declaring a national emergency and instead wanted Congress to do its job.
“It’s the easy way out, but Congress should do this,” Trump said to a group of reporters ahead of the weekend.
“We want Congress to do its job,” Trump also said. “What we’re not looking to do right now is national emergency.”