The message goes on to say the shutdown was caused by Democrats, who are holding the budget “hostage” over an “unrelated immigration issue.”
“Thank you for calling the White House,” the message begins.
“Unfortunately, we cannot answer your call today because congressional Democrats are holding government funding, including funding for our troops and other national security priorities, hostage to an unrelated immigration debate,” a female voice used for the recording says.
After the recording ends, the phone line disconnects.
Republicans and Democrats continue to blame the other party for causing the shutdown.