Donald Trump Just Called For A Government Shutdown – The United States of America is one week away from a potential government shutdown.
Congress is yet to approve spending for the fiscal year starting October 1. There are a number of sticking points, the most notable being President Joe Biden’s request for $ 24 billion to support Ukraine’s fight against Russia.
A government shutdown is never good news. They’re costly, they’re bad for the economy, they interrupt federal programs and services, and they have a harmful effect on the federal workforce. In short, they’re to be avoided at all costs, hence the constant media speculation in recent weeks over a shutdown at the end of the month.
Despite this, former president and Republican frontrunner Donald Trump wants to see one, according to his latest post on his social media platform Truth Social. During his presidency, the 77-year-old led the longest government shutdown in U.S. history as he sought funding to build the infamous wall on the southern border.
Why Does Donald Trump Want Another Shutdown?
Donald Trump is charged on 91 criminal counts across four indictments. Federal prosecutors, who are funded by the government, have been working for years to bring these against him.
The former president’s last shutdown required him to buy fast food for then-NCAA champions the Clemson Tigers due to the lack of chefs at the White House amid the 2019 shutdown. Now he’s calling for a repeat to help his fight against his criminal cases.
“Republicans in Congress can and must defund all aspects of Crooked Joe Biden’s weaponized Government that refuses to close the Border, and treats half the Country as Enemies of the State,” Trump posted on his site on Wednesday. “This is also the last chance to defund these political prosecutions against me and other Patriots. They failed on the debt limit, but they must not fail now. Use the power of the purse and defend the Country!”
A shutdown would create stress for millions of Americans due to processing delays for Social Security payments and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Nevertheless, Trump, in a characteristic fashion, believes he will gain from such a disastrous event.
The potential shutdown is infuriating lawmakers in all parties in both the House and the Senate. The issues are predominantly in the Republican-led House of Representatives, where MAGA Republicans are refusing to play ball over their opposition to the fiscal budget.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, whose Democrat-led congressional body is expected to approve the fiscal spending, said that it was “another reminder” that “a small group of hard-right Republicans are dead set to grind the gears of government to a halt.”
Congress has until September 30 to avoid a shutdown, which would see government operations cease until a fiscal spending plan is agreed.
About the Author
Shay Bottomley is a British journalist based in Canada. He has written for the Western Standard, Maidenhead Advertiser, Slough Express, Windsor Express, Berkshire Live and Southend Echo, and has covered notable events including the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.