- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 15, 2019

As the partial government shutdown reached Day 25, President Trump questioned Tuesday whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi should be collecting a paycheck.

“Why is Nancy Pelosi getting paid when people who are working are not?” the president asked on Twitter.

Mrs. Pelosi and all other members of Congress are still getting paid, while 800,000 federal workers are not. The speaker’s salary is $223,500.

The president’s salary is $400,000, but Mr. Trump has been donating his pay to various government initiatives since the start of his presidency.

No new talks are scheduled between the White House and congressional Democrats to resolve the dispute over Mr. Trump’s demand for border wall funding.



Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, said the Democrats’ current position is “no compromise,” seeking the president’s “unconditional surrender on border security.”

“What happened to all the lectures from [media] commentators about the need to compromise?” Mr. Rubio tweeted. “I guess for them ‘compromise’ means when 3 or 4 Reps vote with the Dems.”

With the partial shutdown well into its fourth week, the White House announced Tuesday that the president is sending Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to the World Economic Forum at the posh Swiss resort of Davos, Switzerland, next week. The president decided last week to cancel his attendance at the event due to the shutdown.

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