By Eric Tataw
The shutdown of the United States Federal Government that began on Saturday December 22, 2018 till date has kept the melodrama US politics top-notch and all the way Miltonian. President Donald Trump has just again composed another Political Ditty. The whole of America is watching but some Federal Workers ain’t finding it funny!
“In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure that you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate,” Trump wrote, addressing the US House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, Thursday January 17, 2019.
House Speaker and other Congressmen were en route to the airport for a to Europe and the Middle East for meetings when a message came from the White House, canceling their trip. Trump’s action was very well expected. Its timely execution only portrays Trump as a hustler of precise Poetic Justice.
On Wednesday, Nancy Pelosi sent to a Trump, a letter suggesting his State of the Union address be postponed, given the ongoing government shutdown and the security demands of the elaborate plans that speech often entails. The Shutdown continues to linger as the United States Congress and President Trump can’t strike a deal on appropriations to fund the actions of the government for the 2019 fiscal year.
Nine executive departments with around 800,000 employees have either fully or partially been shut down. Being the longest government shutdown in the US, things might get nastier as debates are fast becoming vindictive over Trump’s demand for $5.6 billion in federal funds for the US–Mexico border wall and Pelosi’s stance on the usefulness of such a wall.
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