Media concerned about Melania Trump's rare public appearances these past few weeks
Melania Trump, the First Lady of the US, has been strangely quiet on social media, something that has concerned some of her followers.
One of the reasons for Melania to be that quiet might have been the government shutdown, which was the longest in US history with a duration of 35 days. Due to the political move, Melania is said to have suffered a temporary cut in her staff.
She went from having ten people working for her to five, her spokesperson revealed. Now that the shutdown ended (January 25), the rest of her staff is thought to have come back to work.
On the same day President Donald Trump reopened the government, Melania took to Instagram and Twitter to share a photo walking through the halls of the White House wearing a black ensemble and a beige coat.
For the caption, the lady wrote, “Our work in the East wing continues into 2019 with online safety, fighting opioid abuse & supporting the well-being of children everywhere! #BeBest.”
Except for the brown ones at the border, right? Those, we cage. #BeBest— Renee P (@saynaenay) January 26, 2019
Soon after posting the image, her followers took to Twitter to share negative thoughts about her “Be Best” campaign. One of them pointed out that she supported the well-being of children except for the “brown ones at the border … Those, we cage,” referring to the controversy regarding children from undocumented migrants.
“Oh and btw there seem to be 1000s of kids at the border your husband put in camps. Check on their well-being?” added another user.
“Locking them up in cages is how you "support the well-being of children"? You should consider a new platform,” shared a netizen.
Locking them up in cages is how you "support the well-being of children"? You should consider a new platform.— Trick Carel (@TrickCarel) January 26, 2019
SHUTTING DOWN THE GOVERNMENT AGAIN?
Speaking of the shutdown, Mick Mulvaney, the White House Chief of Staff and President Donald Trump's top advisor, stated that POTUS was prepared to shut down the government again in three weeks.
During an interview that CBS’ “Face the Nation” had with Mulvaney, the man revealed that Trump was ready to declare another government shutdown even though the last one, which was the longest in history, cost the US billions of dollars.
.@MickMulvaneyOMB says @realDonaldTrump is prepared to shut down the government again in 3 weeks:— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) January 27, 2019
“Yeah... he's willing to do whatever it takes to secure the border… He doesn't want to... Let's make that very clear. He doesn't want to declare a national emergency.” pic.twitter.com/2WyquTmf3X
Mulvaney pointed out that Trump was willing to do “whatever it takes” to secure the border between Mexico and US. Apart from that, the man said that it was a security and humanitarian crisis.
LONGEST RUNNING SHUTDOWN IN HISTORY
As most people know already, the principal reason Trump declared a government shutdown, which began on December 22, 2018, and ended on January 25, 2019, was a disagreement on border security between Republicans and Democrats.
Rep. Dan Kildee on Trump and the shutdown: "I don't know if he caved, but 35 days after he shut the government down, he walked away with absolutely nothing. Nothing that advanced his cause, nothing that advanced his agenda." pic.twitter.com/VfgksPRNdv— The Hill (@thehill) January 29, 2019
Trump has been asking for $5.7 billion towards the construction of a new border wall on the Mexico-US border. Democrats, however, consider that it would be a waste of “taxpayer money” and refused to support the bill.
WASHINGTON—On Thursday, Donald Trump tweeted, “We will not cave!” On Friday, Trump caved.— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) January 25, 2019
The shutdown, which was the second to occur during Trump’s presidential term, was the longest in history, with a duration of 35 days. In the end, POTUS reopened the federal government even though he didn’t receive what he was asking for.
During the shutdown, 380,000 workers were furloughed, and 420,000 were required to work even though they didn’t know when they would get paid. Many were forced to find another temporary job, and others protested against Trump’s decision.