Trump budget team downplays risk, consequences of government shutdown

President Trump and his budget team are voicing confidence that a government shutdown will be averted before Friday’s deadline, even as they methodically go through an Obama-era checklist of preparations for shuttering departments and agencies just in case Congress can’t agree on a spending bill in time.

The White House Office of Management and Budget late last week gave guidance to department heads to stick to contingency plans, most of which were drafted in 2015, with some updated as recently as December.

Mr. Trump described the steps as routine and downplayed the risk of a shutdown.

“I think we’re in good shape,” he said Friday.

OMB Director Mick Mulvaney echoed that confidence.

48 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • used_to_be_a_liberal says:

    Good, shut down the government, collapse many of these useless agencies, and drain the swamp.

  • Bob in Florida says:

    It will be very interesting to see the difference between what government functions Trump shuts down and what Obama did when he played this game!?

  • Rodney Steward says:

    The Dems. are never going to let a good chance pass them by, Trump can’t play a race card like Opey always could!

  • Richard Bagenstose says:

    hum they didn’t blame oboma when the government shit down did they, and it seems the only ones who don’t want the wall ,are illegals and politicians , the rest of us do

    1. Rodney Steward says:

      To many politicians don’t want to lose their drug and child prostitution businesses either!

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  • texexpatriate says:

    See my other comment on this. A so-called shutdown is a fraud. Both parties pull it and the Marxist Media is happy to go along with it. I’d be happy if they’d actually shut down the entire Federal Tyranny–close the whole government down, leaving the Commander in Chief to run the military. While they were at it, suspend everyone’s salary, too. You can’t respect anyone who works in D.C.

  • bobnstuff says:

    The Republicans are all set to blame Trump for the shut down. The only one in government that really wants the Great Wall of Trump is Trump. What everyone else want is in fact a fence, That’s what the people at Home Land Security want, that’s what every member of congress including the Republicans that goes down and looks at the border and talks to the border patrol want’s They are all saying a fence for most of the border. Even the people in Texas don’t want a thirty foot solid wall like the one Trump is demanding. The extending of funding will go through without a problem if the funding for the wall is cut. If we have a shut down blame it on the President. That’s what congress will do.

    1. gvette says:

      Well Bob, the only parts that ever gets shut down, are the parts that don’t matter much anyway. Get a grip! Oh, and don’t try to speak for everybody. The few friends you have, don’t matter much.

      1. Rodney Steward says:

        Bob-and-stuff-it don’t have any friends, he falls into the Pelosi and Waters mind thinking!

        1. gvette says:

          Hi Rodney. LOL…I was trying to be kind. Yes, I understand he’s full on liberal!!

          1. Rodney Steward says:

            He’s like a mad dog, you have to beat him with a stick!!

          2. gvette says:

            HI Rodney. Speaking of mad dogs, where has the gal from Alaska been? You know, AKlady.

          3. Rodney Steward says:

            HA, HA, HA, probably hadn’t sobered up since the last time we talked with her, LOL, and you got the mad dog part right, she’s a true basket case! I’m pretty sure you’re like me, hadn’t missed her one bit!! 🙂

          4. gvette says:

            No, I don’t miss here, I just hope she didn’t go outside drunk, and freeze to death. Do you believe that?

          5. Rodney Steward says:

            LOLOLOL, it wouldn’t be no great loss!! 🙂

          6. gvette says:

            LOL…I guess not. Maybe she just got tired of seeing all the facts thrown at her every day!

        2. bobnstuff says:

          Pelosi isn’t Trumps problem, in fact the Democrats doesn’t even have to do anything as long as the Republicans have people like Ryan in charge. In this case it looks like Trump will shut the government down himself if he doesn’t get his own way.

          1. Rodney Steward says:

            That sign was from the Opey clan with his wasted 8 years!

          2. bobnstuff says:

            If over doubling my personal wealth is a waste then bring on more waste. All my kids have good paying jobs, I like this kind of waste. I even got to retire. I’m sorry if your world isn’t as good as mine is.

          3. Rodney Steward says:

            There is no minorities in my family, that’s all Opey cared for!!

          4. bobnstuff says:

            Obama created a bunch of money for the rich, they never had it so good. Take a look at where the money went in our country, just like cream it went to the top.

          5. Rodney Steward says:

            And running guns to our enemies like the Obama tribe and his hoe Hellary!

          6. bobnstuff says:

            If you forget that you hate him and that he is a Democrat and look at who got the most out of him he sure looks more like a Republican. At no time in history has the rich had it better.

          7. Rodney Steward says:

            Call it the Clinton Cartel!!! The bunch that everybody hates!

          8. bobnstuff says:

            You may hate them but they sure did a good job of making money for the wealthy. Why do you think Wall St. supported them.

          9. Rodney Steward says:

            Yeah, but a lot of that money was from our enemies to help other enemies! Saudi Arabia being just one of them!

          10. bobnstuff says:

            Much of that money came out of our pockets and instead of reinvesting in the companies they took it as bonuses and did stock buybacks. Instead of building new factories they sent it off shore. After all why build a factory in the US that you have to pay for if you can get your product made in a Chinese factory and just pay for the product.

          11. Rodney Steward says:

            Thank God, now they can get off of the free life style, I live WELL bobby!

          12. bobnstuff says:

            Sorry to burst your bubble but I I have spent my life creating jobs. I have held just about every management title there are from CEO to Owner. There was a month once when I was a Corporate President, a Vice President and a working partner all at the same time in three totally different industries. I have written checks to the government totaling well over a million dollars over the years. Unlike you I have done something with the gifts God gave me. I have to admit the crash of 2008 set me up well. I bought stock in a company at $23 per share and yesterday it was trading at $150. I’m sorry if things aren’t going as well for you.

          13. Rodney Steward says:

            So now you’re a MILLIONAIRE, and writing Million $$$ checks! For some reason you don’t come across as anyone being smart enough to do such BS! Must be a good living in working illegals! Like I told you, the Gov. made me a good living! Hows yo black grand babies doing!

          14. bobnstuff says:

            No I said I wrote over a million dollars in checks to the government. My business did millions. The government gets more from most businesses then the owners do. Remember those tax rates they talk about. Most companies give at least 10% of there gross to the government in one tax or another. Just the bicycle shops alone did over a million a year and in the 11 years I own them the government sure got their share. Of course so did my ex-wife.The government is your partner when you are in business, like it or not, and they take their money off the top. Also remember when you are self employed they get 12% self employment tax to cover social security. That’s on top of your income tax. I’m not complaining though, taxes are the price to live in a free society.

          15. Rodney Steward says:

            Well you should like Trump’s tax cuts!

          16. bobnstuff says:

            Isn’t going to make much difference now since I’m retired.

    2. Rodney Steward says:

      And the Dems. this morning on the news saying that a shut down was coming, and you’d think that Texas would want a wall with a terrorist training camp just 5 miles off their border!! This is your made up BS, keep playing it!

      1. bobnstuff says:

        The Great wall of Trump is designed to impress not to work. The good people in Texas understands that fact. Check it out if you don’t believe me. Those in the know want a tall fence that you can see through so they can see people coming. We already have 650 miles of it and it works, ask the border patrol. Your terrorist camp is fake and isn’t there, it’s only in the minds of those easy to fool.

        1. Rodney Steward says:

          The terrorist camps are real dip, I’ve been to the one in my state! I do hope terrorist get to play with you and family, and please take it like a man, remember they don’t exist!!

          1. bobnstuff says:

            BS, you as lying out your back side on this one. Sorry. Next thing your are going to come up with is Contrails are poisoning the air. How about those FEMA camps?

          2. Rodney Steward says:

            Don’t lie, and yes I’ve been to a newly built FEMA camp just 25 miles from my house on an old fort, my friend got the contract to pave the road going in and out! He said it already had armed guards on it! Paved one side right u to the gate and paved the other side out!! A 2 and 1/2 mile road!! You’ve got so much to learn bobby, but that’s the thing about being a Dem., your always the first to go thank God!

          3. bobnstuff says:

            So you have an old Army base that has been repaired to handle emergencies like Catrina and they have security there to keep people from walking off with the supplies. If you look at the fences you will notice that they are set up to keep people out not in. Even Fox News has busted the internment camp story. You do like your fake news don’t you.

          4. Rodney Steward says:

            I use to be a Glenn Beck fan big time, but he’s turned out to be a nut case!

          5. bobnstuff says:

            You can say that again but most of the shock jocks seem to end up that way. Hannity seems to be falling a part these days to. I never did like Rush even before he became Rush and was just a rock n roll DJ in Pittsburgh.

          6. Rodney Steward says:

            Nothing wrong with Hannity, or Rush, they tell the truth about your part of idiots, but you were sure proud of yo White house coon!

          7. bobnstuff says:

            Hannity has a man crush on Trump. Rush was a slim ball as a DJ, I owned an ad agency back then and he was one of the people I would do business with. Talk about egos.

          8. Rodney Steward says:

            You mean you don’t, I think Trump is the best thing we’ve had in years, he knows what running a business is like just like running a country! You can’t spend more than you take in like Obama did with our debt, but Bush was pretty bad!

          9. bobnstuff says:

            He isn’t all that good a business man, sorry to disappoint you but from where he started he should be a great deal richer. He was a gambler not an investor and he got caught on a number of bets. He didn’t even stay up with the rest of the economy. Had he just put his money in a cap fund he would have made more money. Also as Trump is finding out running a country is not anything like being a CEO of a business. As CEO what you says goes but in government you have to work with a number of different people who can mess up your plans. Historically CEO’s have made bad presidents.

          10. Rodney Steward says:

            How many have we had from the CEO area, we’ve had PLENTY from the Community Organizer and activist section!

          11. bobnstuff says:

            Herbert Hoover was the last CEO although Bush 43 and Carter both were businessmen at one time. Obama’s back ground was normal as presidents go. He had time in the senate and some in state government. He taught some college and went to law school. Trump is the least educated president since Bush 41 and he was a officer before he went to college. You have to go to LBJ for the next least educated.

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