President Trump has been at the White House every day working on an end to the partial government shutdown. He even spent Christmas at the White House waiting on Democrats. The day after Christmas the President and First Lady traveled to Iraq to visit the troops. The President then quickly returned to the White House to work on behalf of the American people. On Thursday he traveled to Texas to visit the Mexican border and speak to those fighting on the front lines. After his trip to Texas he held a meeting at the White House with law enforcement officers from around the country and heard their first hand accounts of how illegal immigration has impacted their communities. There is no doubt the President is doing his best to protect the American people and get the federal workers Democrats are using as pawns in their political game back to work. But where are the Democrats?
While Trump spent his Christmas holiday at the White House and visiting the troops in Iraq Democrat Nancy Pelosi spent her holiday in a $10,000 per night hotel suite in Hawaii. Completely missing the point as usual when the President criticized Pelosi for taking a Hawaiian vacation during the government shutdown she sarcastically responded “the president may not know this but Hawaii is part of the United States of America”. Madam Speaker do you think the federal workers who are not getting paid because of the federal shutdown got to enjoy a $10,000 per night hotel suite in Hawaii over Christmas? The President should have known better. Your track record is not putting the American people first. Why would he think you’d give up your vacation to Hawaii to put hundreds of thousands of Americans back to work?
Democrat Chuck Schumer spent his Christmas holiday in New York with his family seemingly unconcerned about the federal workers who spent their Christmas worried about not getting a paycheck.
As the shutdown enters day 23 we have learned that Democratic Senator Robert Menendez traveled to Puerto Rico on a chartered flight with 30 other Democratic lawmakers, 109 lobbyists and corporate executives and their families to attend the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC winter retreat in San Juan. The weather forecast in San Juan is sunny and 80 degrees.
I wonder how many federal workers who are not receiving paychecks are enjoying 80 degree sunny weather on vacation in Puerto Rico? The 5,487 New Jerseyans who work for federal government agencies that are not funded are stuck in 31 degrees and snow.
I don’t know about you but to me Menendez doesn’t appear very concerned about the New Jerseyans not getting paychecks as he has expressed on social media. He’s spending his time living it up in a $429 per night oceanfront resort in San Juan.
Congressional Democrats continue to use the American people as pawns in their political game. By now everyone knows this shutdown is not about border security but about Democrats denying the President a win on a key campaign issue. Prominent Democrats including Obama, Clinton, Biden, Schumer and Fienstein agreed with our border crisis and even the President’s approach to border security before then candidate Trump made border security a campaign issue.
While Democrats are enjoying oceanfront resorts hundreds of thousands of Americans who work for or depend on government agencies are worried about feeding their families and keeping a roof over their heads.
It’s time for Congressional Democrats to stop pandering to the far left wing of the Democratic party, top manipulating their base, stop taking luxury vacations, put the safety and security of the American people first and work with President Trump on a solution that will secure our borders and reopen the government.
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