Incoming House Committee Chair Blames Shutdown On Trump Going ‘Off His Meds’

Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) on Fox News Dec. 28, 2018.
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December 28, 2018 11:32 a.m.

Incoming House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern (D-MA) didn’t mince his words when casting blame for the border wall-fueled government shutdown that likely won’t be resolved until the new Congress is seated in 2019.

Speaking to Fox News in an interview that aired early Friday, McGovern called the shutdown an “embarrassment” that could’ve been avoided if Trump hadn’t gone “off his meds.”

“I think it’s an embarrassment anytime the government shuts down, and this being no exception,” McGovern said. “We gotta work at it until we get to an agreement where a majority say, ‘yes,’” he continued. “And I think we had that until the President, you know, went off his meds and who the hell knows what happened.”

Trump was set to sign the Senate’s bipartisan bill last week that would’ve kept the government open until early February, until his conservative media allies gave him a public lashing for not fighting for funding for his promised border wall. The President reversed course last Thursday, demanding significant funds allocated for the wall in any spending bill and propelling the federal government into a partial shutdown.

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