I’m in the White House, waiting. The Democrats are everywhere but Washington as people await their pay. They are having fun and not even talking!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2019
The play Hamilton opening in Puerto Rico trumps negotiations.
President Trump took congressional Democrats to task for being “on vacation” Saturday, decrying their jaunt to Puerto Rico as the partial government shutdown entered record territory.
He told Jeanine Pirro on her Fox News show, “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” that while he could call a national emergency at the southern border, as he has threatened to be able to take existing funding for the border wall, he does not want to do so.
“I’d rather see the Democrats come back from their vacation and act. They’re not acting, and they’re the ones that are holding it up,” he said. “It would take me 15 minutes to get a deal done, and everybody could go back to work. But I’d like to see them act responsibly, and they’re not acting responsibly, and that’s it. I’m in the White House, and most of them are in different locations. They’re watching a certain musical in a very nice location.”
About 30 Democratic lawmakers flew to Puerto Rico on Friday for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC winter retreat in San Juan, also attended by more than 100 lobbyists and corporate executives. They are slated to see the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” and attend a party with the show’s cast, among other events.