The government shutdown has stretched into its fourth week. As the furloughed workers to guess about their future, some unlikely voices are calling on President Trump to reopen the government. One is former President George W. Bush. Bush delivered pizza to his Secret Service agents, and used the moment to call on “both sides” to end the shutdown.
This is an odd move for a former POTUS who usually avoids the spotlight. Since leaving office, Bush has had his share of media attention, but has not stepped into policy debates. But on the 28th day of the shutdown, he called for it to end.
“He tweeted an image of himself carrying pizza boxes to his detail, and attached a message other leaders to ‘put politics aside’,” Daily Mail writes.
“@LauraWBush and I are grateful to our Secret Service personnel and the thousands of Federal employees who are working hard for our country without a paycheck,” he wrote.
“And we thank our fellow citizens who are supporting them. It’s time for leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown.”
While the message was clearly directed at President Trump, Bush did not single him out by name. But there’s no doubt who the message was intended for. Trump is holding out for $5.7 billion for the proposed border wall and Speaker Nancy Pelosi or Sen. Charles Schumer continue to rally the opposition.
The fight that furloughed federal workers now seems to have gotten political. As the DM notes, “Trump withdrew the military plane for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s planned congressional delegation to Afghanistan.” This came shortly after Pelosi asked President Trump to delay the State of the Union speech.
Bush still isn’t weighing in on his opinion about the wall itself, at least not publicly. “Trump recently stated that a former U.S. president had privately told him they should have built a border wall, DM adds, “but all four living presidents including the office of Bush denied having done so.”
“George W. Bush has not discussed the wall with Trump” his spokesman, Freddy Ford, told reporters.
Will Bush’s advise be enough to sway either side to back off of their demands?