It’s an unconventional perspective, from an unconventional president: The government should be shuttered.
“Our country needs a good ‘shutdown’ in September to fix mess,” President Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.
His tweet came as Congress is set to approve a $1-trillion budget bill that funds the government through September, but does not advance funds for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border — a key promise Trump made throughout the campaign.
In 2013, the government shut down for more than two weeks after Congress was unable to agree on a budget for the new fiscal year, leaving nearly 800,000 federal employees out of work without pay.
Although Trump’s tweet confused those on both sides of the aisle, the notion that the government needs to be shuttered has been floated by some conservative activists for several weeks.
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