POLITICO Playbook: Did Trump blow the shutdown?

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Some of President Donald Trump’s closest allies on Capitol Hill and in D.C. are wondering why he didn’t instruct GOP leadership to keep Congress in town until they secured a government funding deal. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

DRIVING THE DAY

DID TRUMP BLOW THIS SHUTDOWN? PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP had an empty Washington and the captive attention of the media the last eight days. Why wasn’t he on TV blasting Congress for inaction every single day? “I’m the only guy who can sign a bill into law, but Congress has gone home,” he could’ve said.

HE STAYED HOME FROM FLORIDA, but hardly appeared on television or in public. If you’re going to do the “I’m working” thing, shouldn’t you just do it, and sit at a table with “Nancy Pelosi” and “Chuck Schumer” place cards, and empty chairs?

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