Podcast: Government Shutdown — How and Why It Happened, What Happens Next

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I joined BBC World Service on Saturday to explain the shutdown of the US Federal Government.

Topics include the responsibility for the shutdown, the effect on Government services in the near future, the political fallout, and the wider issues around the “limbo” of the Trump Administration’s failure to present a Government budget, fill positions, and provide security in areas such as children’s health insurance and disaster relief.

Listen to BBC World Service

The first starting point is that the Trump Administration has not yet even presented a budget to Congress in more than a year in office. The second is Donald Trump’s failure to fulfil his pledge for a deal over 800,000 Dreamers.

Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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