Twenty-five days into the government shutdown, President Donald Trump has acknowledged the irony of the situation: those who started the shutdown and have the power to end it are getting paid no matter what.
But instead of the president making a sweeping statement about all of Congress, he targeted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her paycheck.
“Why is Nancy Pelosi getting paid when people who are working are not?” Trump asked on Twitter Tuesday morning.
Why is Nancy Pelosi getting paid when people who are working are not?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2019
It’s a stab at Pelosi, joking that she’s not working because she won’t negotiate with the president. The targeted tweet marks a great shift in the president’s attitude about the shutdown, which he initially told Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer he would take full ownership of and wouldn’t blame them.
Pelosi, however, has been working along with all members of Congress. On Jan. 3 when Pelosi took the speaker’s gavel, she and the House Democrats passed a package that would reopen the government.
The package passed did not include any of the over $5 billion demanded by Trump for the Southern border wall, but did include $1.3 billion for border fencing and an additional $300 billion for border security measures such as surveillance technology.
The package also would’ve funded the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 8 and the Departments of Agriculture, Interior, Transportation, Commerce and Justice, and other currently unfunded government entities until the end of the fiscal year.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the package wasn’t a “serious solution” and prevented a Senate vote on the matter.
Congress members on both sides have vowed they wouldn’t take pay during the shutdown, either by asking not to be sent a paycheck or promising to donate their salary to charity. According to RollCall, over 60 Congress members have said they will divert their shutdown pay.
Pelosi has yet to comment on whether or not she will accept her pay.
About 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed or are working without pay.