'Embarrassing': Tri-State Democrats React To Government Shutdown

December 22, 2018 - 1:37 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Local Democrats are blasting President Donald Trump over the partial government shutdown that took effect at midnight.

In a call with WCBS 880, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Trump's promise to build a wall, which the government's funding hinges on, was "bologna when he said, and it's bologna today." 

"He wants that wall, no matter what, even though it was a simplistic promise," Cuomo said. 

"As far as how long this goes, this president is capable of anything," the governor said. "He says this is his campaign promise. That he was going to build a wall. It's not intelligent, it's not smart. If it's about border security, the Democrats are for border security. But it's not a wall, it's the modern technology -- it's sensors, it's lasers, it's drones." 

Meanwhile, Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal called the president petulant for insisting on border wall funding.

“It was unnecessary and avoidable,” he said, according to the Hartford Courant. “Any shutdown is unfair to the American people and there’s no excuse. I’m hopeful we’ll resolve it over the weekend.”

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand tweeted that the president is choosing funding for his “ineffective and wasteful” border wall over what’s best for the country.

“This administration’s constant chaos and dysfunction is embarrassing and, more importantly, harmful to the country,” Gillibrand tweeted.

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez accused the president of holding the federal government hostage over the wall.

“He can celebrate all he wants, but hundreds of thousands of unpaid and furloughed federal employees will be hurting this holiday season,” Menendez tweeted.

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said, “We arrived at this moment because President Trump has been on a remarkable two-week temper tantrum.”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the shutdown was avoidable.

“President Trump’s Christmas gift to America, the #TrumpShutdown hurts the people the federal gov purports to serve,” the governor tweeted.

President Trump says the border wall is needed to keep out drugs and criminals.