Prior to the start of the current partial government shutdown over a relatively meager border security spending request by President Donald Trump, Democrats and their media allies dramatically excoriated the president for threatening to close the government, which in their view would be terribly harmful to the American people and must be avoided or ended quickly at all costs.
As such, the president canceled his holiday plans — other than the surprise visit with U.S. troops in Iraq and Germany — and remained in the White House, waiting to negotiate an end to the shutdown with Democrats — who pretty much all high-tailed it out of D.C. for the holidays and have all but disappeared for the past week.
But while Trump was waiting in the White House for Democratic leaders to negotiate with him, the Washington Free Beacon reported that House Minority Leader and presumptive next speaker Nancy Pelosi was living it up in Hawaii at a rather posh and luxurious resort known as the Fairmont Orchard, where rooms can cost anywhere from slightly under $1,000 to as much as $5,000 per night.
On Saturday, the president tweeted, “I am in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come on over and make a deal on Border Security. From what I hear, they are spending so much time on Presidential Harassment that they have little time left for things like stopping crime and our military!”
The optics of that glaring dichotomy — Trump in the White House ready to work to end the shutdown versus Pelosi vacationing in Hawaii — didn’t sit well with White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, who called out Pelosi for her extravagant vacation on Sunday.
During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Conway spoke at length of the need to secure adequate funding for border security measures and noted multiple times that the president was ready and willing to negotiate a deal with Democrats, who seemingly couldn’t be bothered to join him at the table.
Following some discussion of other issues and as the segment neared a close, Conway was asked for the White House’s expectations on how things would go over the next few weeks and months.
Conway replied, “Well, first, the Democrats have to come back. Nancy Pelosi needs to come back from Hawaii, less hula, more moolah for the (Department of Homeland Security), Customs and Border Patrol, funding our border security. They need to come to the table and do their job.”
“A fully functioning democracy demands that both parties come together and that the Congress and the executive branch work together,” she added.
— FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) December 30, 2018
Perhaps picking up where Conway left off, Trump reiterated his demand for Democrats to join him in negotiations to end the shutdown, and tweeted on Monday, “I’m in the Oval Office. Democrats, come back from vacation now and give us the votes necessary for Border Security, including the Wall. You voted yes in 2006 and 2013. One more yes, but with me in office, I’ll get it built, and Fast!”
In response to Conway’s mocking of Pelosi’s expensive vacation during the government shutdown, The Hill reported that Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill released a statement that claimed that Pelosi had been in her hometown of San Francisco since Saturday, and would likely return to Washington D.C. on either Monday or Tuesday.
Hammill also noted that all of the other congressional leaders, from both sides of the aisle, had also vacated D.C. for the holidays … as if that excused Pelosi’s refusal to even pretend to negotiate with Trump to end the shutdown that she had previously warned so vehemently against.
In all likelihood, Pelosi skipped town for the holidays and spent Christmas in Hawaii in order to ensure that no progress would be made on ending the shutdown prior to the new Democratic majority taking control of the House of Representatives on Jan. 3, at which point she is expected to secure her speakership again.
But while Pelosi makes her power play to try and control both House Democrats and Trump’s agenda, the American people are growing tired of the ongoing political theater, particularly in light of the fact that the shutdown essentially boils down to a Democratic refusal to give Trump an additional $3.4 billion, the difference between the $5 billion Trump requested and $1.6 billion Democrats offered.
It’s a paltry sum in comparison to the $4 trillion plus annual budget.
Kellyanne Conway was absolutely right to call out and mock Nancy Pelosi for jetting off to Hawaii for Christmas — think of the damage to the environment the purportedly climate change-obsessed Pelosi just caused with those gas-guzzling and carbon-emitting flights — while Trump stayed in D.C. to work.
And everyone else should mock her for it as well.
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