A new report by The Washington Post revealed on Saturday that both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and then-Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) had a standoff with Donald Trump over the government shutdown where they told the president to give up because there was “no way to win.”
According to the report, Trump was “warned repeatedly about the dangers of a shutdown but still opted to proceed.”
McConnell “told the president that he had no leverage and that, without a clear strategy, he would be ‘boxed in a canyon,’” the report says.
“Then-House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) talked with Trump by phone for 45 minutes the day before the shutdown, warning that he saw no way to win as he paced in a Capitol hallway just outside a conference room where House Republicans were meeting. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy warned about the perils of a shutdown during the Christmas season,” the report says.
The report also states that White House aides are in panic mode because there is no clear plan by the administration.
“Current and former aides said there is little strategy in the White House, and people are frustrated,” the report reads.
The entire Washington Post report can be read HERE.