‘Don’t Believe Lies’: Remember When Trump Dismissed Government Shutdowns as No Biggie?
Following the failure of Senate to pass a spending bill late Friday night, President Donald Trump and the White House have weighed in on the government shutdown that has resulted. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a statement calling the Democrats “obstructionist losers” while claiming they were holding American citizens “hostage.” In a series of tweets this morning, the president piggybacked on that theme, stating Democrats “are holding our Military hostage.”
Back in 2013, when the country was careening towards a federal government shutdown that lasted 16 days, then-citizen Trump had a different take. In a tweet linking to an Associated Press article, Trump quoted the piece and then stated that no essential services are canceled while urging his followers not to “believe lies.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2013
The president’s comments during the last government shutdown have come back to haunt him a bit. Besides the above tweet in which he says a shutdown is no biggie in stark contrast to what he’s saying now, Trump told Fox & Friends back then that President Obama should take the blame for the shutdown.
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