Comstock Clashes With Trump Over Shutdown

The congresswoman was at the White House on Tuesday.

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Ally Mutnick
Feb. 7, 2018, 10:24 a.m.

Rep. Barbara Comstock (R) “clashed with President Trump at the White House Tuesday over his desire to shut down the government to force a compromise on legislation to curtail MS-13. … Her northern Virginia district is home to tens of thousands of federal workers and she lives near the CIA headquarters. ‘We don’t need a government shutdown on this,’ she said, according to video of the exchange. ‘I think both sides have learned that a government shutdown was bad, it wasn’t good for them. And we do have bipartisan support on these things. And I think we need to talk about these cases that are going on.’”

Trump responded: “You can say what you want. We’re not getting support from the Democrats on this legislation.”

“Speaking over him, Comstock continued to make her case. She said her bill, which calls for deporting suspected gang members, should go to the Senate for a vote. But Trump ended the exchange with a curt ‘Thanks, Barbara,’ and looked away.” (Washington Post)

Comstock faces several well-funded Democrats who face off in a June primary for her district, which Hillary Clinton won by 10 points.


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