President Donald Trump is “mentally incapacitated” and too irrational for Democrats to successfully negotiate an end to the partial government shutdown, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said on Sunday.
"I actually think the president is mentally incapacitated and I have thought so for quite some time," Dean, a frequent critic of Trump's known for his polarizing comments, said on MSNBC.
"He says things that he knows aren’t true I suspect and that somehow he thinks that people are going to believe. And they just don’t."
"You can’t really make a bargain with somebody who is irrational, because they won’t keep it," Dean went on to say. "The Republicans and the Democrats in Congress have got to do the best they can to run this country in the absence of the chief executive. Until the Republicans realize they have an obligation to the country, not just their party, that’s not going to happen."
The shutdown has continued into the New Year with no signs of an end in sight, as Trump maintains he will accept nothing short of the full $5 billion funding for his border wall.
Both sides continue to dig in over the issue days before a new Congress — and a Democratic majority in the House — is set to come to Washington.