After almost 35 days, President Donald Trump temporarily ended the partial government shutdown Friday, setting a deadline for February 15 to find a long term solution. While liberals see the matter as a huge victory due the shutdown being ended without any funds being allocated for the wall, conservatives are disappointed for that same reason.
Notable conservative commentator Ann Coulter tweeted about the issue saying “Good News for George Herbert Walker Bush: As of today, he is no longer the biggest wimp ever to serve as President of the United States.” Coulter, a big supporter of Trump’s wall, criticized Trump’s decision to end the shutdown. Not all conservatives were disappointed, some considered it a “master stroke.”
The ending decision comes after several startling events. On January 16, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to President Trump suggesting “another suitable date” for the annual State of the Union address due to the House being unavailable until the shutdown is over.
In response, the President tweeted “As the Shutdown was going on, Nancy Pelosi asked me to give the State of the Union Address. I agreed. She then changed her mind because of the Shutdown, suggesting a later date. This is her prerogative – I will do the Address when the Shutdown is over. I am not looking for an alternative venue for the SOTU Address because there is no venue that can compete with the history, tradition and importance of the House Chamber. I look forward to giving a “great” State of the Union Address in the near future!”
The very next week, two bills went on the floor, a Republican bill and Democrat bill. However, the Senate rejected both funding bills. The bills had an equal purpose: to end the shutdown.
The partial shutdown affected all kinds of government jobs, from FBI Agents to the TSA workers. Around 800k employees, out of the 2.1 million working for government, did not receive their paychecks. TSA workers made the headlines due to many of the workforce calling in sick. The absent workforce often delayed flights and affected general airport activity.
Many consider the end of the shutdown as House Speaker Pelosi’s victory, as she refused to budge on allocating funds for the wall.
“To deny it is to try to escape from reality” says Fox commentator Lou Dobbs.