Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is considering a 2020 presidential bid, on Friday blamed President Donald Trump for the government shutdown, calling it a failure of “presidential leadership.”
“It’s been going on for a few weeks. It’s a shame,” Bloomberg said at a climate award event in Austin, Texas.
Bloomberg said he thinks it’s time for Trump to reopen government and “work with Democrats to find real solutions to our immigration problems.”
“Instead, all we hear from the president is a lot of scaremongering and lies, and sadly, that’s the story of his presidency,” Bloomberg said. “And now I think he’s ready to hurt the American people by shutting down government over an idea that would waste a lot of taxpayers’ money without doing anything to address the real problem.”
Speaking later to CNN’s Cristina Alesci, Bloomberg dismissed Trump’s suggestion that a national emergency should be declared to build a border wall.
“The bottom line is that there is no excuse for the political stunt just because the president was committed when he ran for office and afterwards. He can’t do it and deliver for his constituency he should just stand up and say I tried and let’s move on to the next thing,” Bloomberg said. “There is not a single issue or a single constituency. The President was not elected to be the representative of a party or a small group. He is supposed to be the representative of a whole country.
Friday marked the 21st day of the government shutdown, and if it continues on Saturday it would set the record for the country’s longest shutdown in history.
Trump and congressional Democrats continue to appear reluctant to change their stances on border security funding, as Trump stands by his demand for more than $5 billion to build a border wall, which Democrats refuse to accept .
The funding cut affected about a quarter of the federal government, including the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, the Department of the Interior and the Department of State.
A spokesperson told CNN that Bloomberg expects to decide whether to weigh a 2020 campaign no later than February. A billionaire elected mayor who is both a Republican and an independent, Bloomberg announced in the fall that he had re-registered as a Democrat and freed up some of his considerable wealth to boost Democrats in the US midterm elections. ‘last year.