What a shuthole.
President Trump spent part of his morning Thursday railing against the threat of an impending government shutdown, but his approach to a freeze of federal services was markedly different in 2013.
"A government shutdown will be devastating to our military...something the Dems care very little about!" he tweeted Thursday.
Additionally, Trump demanded that money for his border wall with Mexico must be included.
If no agreement on funding is reached by Friday at midnight, it will be the first time in the history of the country that the federal government had to cease operations when a single party had control of Congress and the White House.
However, as desperate as the President's social media statements sound, in 2013 the then-prospective political candidate exhibited little concern about the effects of the government closing up shop.
"'Here's the truth, the gov't doesn't shutdown' via @AP. All essential services continue. Don't believe lies," Trump tweeted a week before what began a 16-day cessation during which 800,000 federal employees were furloughed.
In fact, Trump was fully in favor of the shutdown as he voiced his support for the Republican-led House of Representatives efforts to defund the Affordable Care Act that set up a showdown with President Obama and the Democrat-controlled Senate.
"@RNC leadership should not be afraid of a government shutdown. They should be afraid of not defunding ObamaCare," said Trump.
Finally, when the shutdown went into effect, the game show host turned to one of his favorite, yet inaccurate markers of success: the stock market.
Donald Trump in the White House
"Stocks rose yesterday during the first day of government shutdown," he tweeted. "Markets like being left alone for a day."
Ultimately the shutdown would lead to an estimated loss of $2 billion, according to the Office of Management and Budget.
As government workers sat home wondering when their next paycheck would come, Trump seized the moment to suggest many of those employees should get fired anyhow, stating, "83% of the government is still running during the shutdown while 41% of nondefense federal workers are furloughed. Room for cuts."
On Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders found herself in the familiar role of defending her boss's Twitter account considering that in May 2017, Trump said, "Either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good 'shutdown' in September to fix mess!
"The President certainly doesn't want to shut down,"Huckabee Sanders said.
Proving yet again how prescient his past tweets can become, in his last message offering his opinion on the federal debacle, Trump wrote on Oct. 7, 2013, "My sense is that people are far angrier at the President than they are at Congress re the shutdown-an interesting turn!"
With an approval rating sputtering at 37%, he might need to be prepared to see just how angry people can get at their commander-in-chief.
Source : http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/trump-didn-government-shutdown-praised-article-1.3764134