On December 11, Donald Trump held a televised meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. During the sometimes contentious meeting, Trump promised to take ownership of a potential government shutdown.
The government shutdown did take place and tens of thousands of government workers stand to worry about their next paycheck. Rather than honoring his promise to own the shutdown, the president has pivoted to blaming Democrats.
Today on his Twitter feed, Trump wrote, “Great work by my Administration over the holidays to save Coast Guard pay during this #SchumerShutdown. No thanks to the Democrats who left town and are not concerned about the safety and security of Americans!”
The military is among the many branches of government service that go unpaid during a shutdown. Congress is able to ensure that service people get paid with a simple vote, which is customary.
While Trump is quick to point out that he has worked to get people in the military paid, many other workers face hardship. The president curiously claimed that this is not a big issue as most furloughed government workers are Democrats.
Democratic leaders were quick to hit back at Trump’s claims. Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), wrote, “What Trump said then: Mexico will pay for the wall. I promise. I am proud to shut down the government for border security. I will be the one to shut it down. What he says now: Taxpayers must pay for the wall. The Democrats own the shutdown. Promise made. Promises broken.”
What Trump said then:
Mexico will pay for the wall. I promise.
I am proud to shut down the government for border security.
I will be the one to shut it down.
What he says now:
Taxpayers must pay for the wall.
The Democrats own the shutdown.
Promise made. Promises broken.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) December 30, 2018
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