'Come On, You Know the Answer to That': Mulvaney Pushes Back on CNN's Acosta Over Shutdown Blame
CNN correspondent Jim Acosta pressed White House OMB Director Mick Mulvaney Friday on which party will get the blame if the government shuts down at midnight.
Acosta questioned why Republicans are calling it the "Schumer shutdown" - referring to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) - when they control both houses of Congress and the White House.
"Come on, you know the answer to that as well as anybody. I have to laugh when people say that," Mulvaney pushed back, noting that the spending measure requires 60 Senate votes.
Republicans hold 51 Senate seats, but Sen. John McCain will not be present to vote as he recovers from brain cancer treatments.
Meantime, Schumer accepted an invitation to meet with President Trump at the White House Friday afternoon in a bid to reach a deal.
.@SpeakerRyan: "@POTUS doesn't want a shutdown. Republicans don't want a shutdown. The House passed a bill to prevent a shutdown. And it's solely up to Senate Democrats, led by @SenSchumer." pic.twitter.com/Q9qOyDshn6
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Democrats want the measure to include funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program and a solution on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Acosta said it appears Trump "blew up" negotiations on DACA last week, seemingly referring to his controversial "s***hole countries" remark.
Mulvaney accused Democrats of hypocrisy on the issue, recalling the GOP was criticized by Schumer and Nancy Pelosi in 2013 for going after ObamaCare - a non-fiscal issue - as part of the budget deal.
"How is that not exactly what is happening today?" he asked, noting DACA does not expire until March 5.
Watch the exchange above.