Both sides of the Obamacare debate need to respect each other to get a deal done and avoid a government shutdown, Donald Trump says.
But the pressure is on President Barack Obama to make a deal "because he doesn't want this on his resume," Trump said Monday on the premier episode of Fox News Channel's "The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson
Once the history books are written, Trump said, the focus will be on Obama's administration, not on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., or House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.
"There's a lack of respect right now, and we see it very strongly," Trump said. "But you have to respect the other side. They don’t like each other. They don’t respect each other. They don’t think well of each other. They don’t get along together. They don’t go out together."
Trump said he couldn't predict whether the government will shut down. "That would be horrible if it was," he said. "But, there’s a very good chance, because Obamacare is a total disaster, and ultimately, Obamacare anyway will shut down this country."
Trump said Republicans have a lot of cards, but "they better play them now." The shutdown would take effect at midnight if Republicans and Democrats cannot agree on a continuing resolution to fund the government beginning Tuesday.
Republicans, who have a majority in the House of Representatives want to fund the entire government except for Obamacare – or to delay certain portions such as the individual mandate that requires everyone to purchase health insurance.
The Democrat-led Senate has said it won't pass such a measure, and Obama has vowed to veto it anyway.
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