MSNBC White House reporter Kristen Welker didn’t let Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) blame the government shutdown on former President Barack Obama on Saturday and reminded the congresswoman that the shutdown is taking place when her party is currently in control of all three branches of government.
Black said that the “root cause” of the shutdown mess was that then-President Barack Obama exceeded his authority by writing and passing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act (DACA), which granted a path to citizenship for undocumented people who were brought to the U.S. as children.
DACA, Black said, “was not under his jurisdiction. It is under the House and Senate’s jurisdiction. It’s the legislature that makes that decision.”
“Congresswoman, the fact does remain that the Republicans have control of the White House, the House and the Senate,” said Welker. “So how does your party not bear responsibility for this shutdown?”
Black said that Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) bears the blame for imposing a deadline, calling the shutdown the “Schumer shutdown.”
Welker went on to ask whether the president shouldn’t be meeting with lawmakers right now to try to forge a deal. Instead he has ended White House business for the day, meaning that even if Congress reaches a deal, Trump will not see it until Sunday at the earliest.
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