The Latest: Trump calls shutdown a ‘present’ from Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local):

7:35 a.m.

President Donald Trump is blaming Democrats for the government shutdown — tweeting that they wanted to give him “a nice present” to mark the one-year anniversary of his inauguration.

He says Democrats “could have easily made a deal but decided to play Shutdown politics instead.”

And as part of a series of tweets hours after the shutdown began, the president is trying to make the case for

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