Trump Voices Support for Government Shutdown If Conservatives Get Bad Deal

Former President Donald Trump voiced support for a government shutdown if members of Congress can not come to a deal to help mitigate the nation’s $35 trillion debt in a interview with Kristen Welker on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“I think if they don’t get a fair deal—we have to save our country. We’re at $35 trillion in debt, we have to save our country,” he said. “I’d shut down the government if they can’t make an appropriate deal, absolutely.”

Ms. Welker had pressed the former president on whether “Republican hardliners should abandon their threat” of a government shutdown now that an impeachment inquiry was on the table. He rejected the idea.

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