White House Changes Voicemail, Puts Blame on Democrats for Shutdown

WH Comment Line Now Leaves Message Blaming Dems for Shutdown: Holding Funding 'Hostage'

The message, which was recorded for the White House's public comment line, said calls could not be answered because of the "obstruction" from Democrats.

Then it adds: "Unfortunately we cannot answer your call today because Congressional Democrats are holding government funding including funding for our troops and other national security priorities hostage to an unrelated immigration debate".

"They could easily have made a deal but chose to play shutdown politics instead", said Trump.

Surprised callers shared what they heard after calling the White House on social media.

The comment line is meant to allow a chance for anyone to leave a voice message for the president.

The agreement gives an additional three weeks to both legislative chambers and the White House to strike a deal on DACA.

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Twitter user @dparkermontana said, "That's not governing by mature adults".

On the other hand, there were Democrats who were angered by the White House's outgoing message because it was an attack on them made with the taxes that they paid. "The Dems just want illegal immigrants to pour into our nation unchecked", Trump tweeted Sunday.

"We'll be right back at this tomorrow and for as long as it takes" for Democrats to vote for legislation that would reopen the government, McConnell said. He said that discussions on protections for Dreamers - children brought the USA illegally - were already underway, with a deal in sight, prior to the weekend shutdown.

The Republican majority and the Trump administration have been unwilling to make concessions to ensure the passage of a spending bill.

Lawmakers came to a deal midday Monday to reopen the government with a funding bill through February 8.

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