Trump slammed for saying the buck stops with ‘everybody’ over shutdown

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The phrase was noticed by people online.

President Donald Trump tried to shift blame for the ongoing partial government shutdown on Thursday by declaring that the “buck stops with everybody.”

The president was asked about the shutdown on Thursday morning by an NBC News reporter—in response, the president said there was blame everywhere for the shutdown, which has stretched into its 19th day.

“The buck stops with everybody,” the president said. “They could solve this problem in literally 15 minutes. We could be back, we could have border security, they could stop this problem in 15 minutes if they wanted to. I really believe now that they don’t want to. I really believe that.”

The president’s insistence that the “buck stops with everybody” is a stark contrast to his comments about the shutdown last month.

In early December, Trump said he didn’t mind owning the shutdown following a contentious meeting between himself, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

“I don’t mind having the issue of border security on my side,” the president said. “If we have to close down the country over border security, I actually like that in terms of an issue. But I don’t want it to be an issue,  I want it to be something the country needs. It’s not really an issue, it’s something the country needs. It’s common sense. The country needs it… so I don’t mind owning that issue.”

During the meeting, the president said he would be “proud” to shut down the government over border security.

Trump using the phrase “the buck stops with everybody” was noticed by many.

In his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, Trump infamously declared, “I alone can fix it.

Maybe he needs some help though.

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Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).