When House Republicans sought to shut down the government in the as a way to stop the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Trump was a cheerleader for the effort. Trump tweeted that the Republican leadership should not be afraid of a government shutdown. They should be afraid of not defunding ObamaCare. Trump argued in 2013 that a shutdown was not a big deal because “all essential services continue,” linking to an Associated Press explainer on how shutdowns work, and claiming that it showed the federal government could get by with fewer employees.
Now that a government shutdown has occurred during the Trump presidency, he is blaming the Democrats, even though Republicans control the House, the Senate, and he is the President. Trump has made building the wall more important than his efforts to end DACA. Large majorities of the public don’t believe building a wall is the solution to the country’s immigration problems — and most never believed President Donald Trump’s much-promised wall would get built in the first place. Six in 10 people in a recent CBS News pollopposed building the wall; 85% said that the US — and not Mexico as Trump has promised — would ultimately pay for it.