Government Shutdown 2018
President Trump responded to news of the government shutdown on Twitter early Saturday, blaming congressional failure to pass a spending deal on Democrats, who have insisted the spending bill address the fate of Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which protects immigrants illegally brought to the U.S. as children.
Trump linked the shutdown to the 2018 midterm elections, arguing that a 60-vote Senate majority is what he needs to advance his agenda:
He closed his arguments with an all-caps tweet of "#AMERICA FIRST!"
The president intended to travel to his Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, on Friday to spend the weekend there, but he postponed the trip because of the shutdown.