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US government "Shutdown": a political game that affects 800,000 workers

US government "Shutdown": a political game that affects 800,000 workers
  • Reuters

"A total waste of time," President Donald Trump described the meeting he held on Wednesday with Democratic Congress leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chick Schumer. The purpose of the meeting was to finish the partial shutdown that the United States government has maintained since last December, but the objective was not achieved.

"I just finished a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time, I asked what will happen in 30 days if I open things quickly, will you approve border security that includes a wall or a steel barrier?" Nancy said NO: "Goodbye, nothing else works!" Said Trump on his Twitter account.

For his part, Democratic leaders in Congress criticized Trump after the meeting, "Unfortunately, the president got up and left," said Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer." He asked the president (of the House, Nancy Pelosi,) 'Will you agree with my wall?' She said no. And he got up and said, "Then we have nothing to discuss," and he simply left. Once again, we saw a tantrum because he could not leave with it, and simply left the meeting," Schumer said on Tuesday night, the president addressed the nation and spoke about what he called "the growing humanitarian and security crisis "on the southern border, a crisis that, according to him, may be resolved by building the wall that he promised repeatedly during his electoral campaign, and said that Mexico would pay, but he is now demanding that Congress provides $ 5.7 billion.

"President Trump must stop holding the American people hostage, must stop making a crisis and must reopen the government," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a speech immediately afterward.

Trump: As long as this political game continues in a dead end, around 800,000 federal workers have 20 days facing the consequences and without receiving their corresponding salary. Until an agreement is reached between both parties, the closure of both public services and non-essential state agencies will be maintained and therefore those who work there will not be able to receive their salary.

Some of these workers have kept working since the functions they perform are considered essential, while others are on "leave." No one will collect their salary during the "shutdown."

The last shutdown, the first of the Trump administration in January 2018, lasted three days. The previous one, in October 2013, had been much longer, 16 days, but was still far from the record of 21 days in 1995-1996. The current one was 20 days old.

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