Yahoo, David Knowles 22 hours ago
For Donald Trump, a Christmas holiday government shutdown means more time to tweet.
The president spent much of Christmas Eve on Twitter, posting his frustrations with congressional Democrats and the negative media coverage that his shutdown of the federal government has received.
After rejecting a Senate deal that would have funded the federal government through February by demanding that it include include billions of dollars for the construction of a wall on the country’s southern border, the president canceled his trip to Mar-a-Lago and unleashed a tweet storm that extended beyond the weekend.
By turns defensive and defiant, Trump’s 10th Christmas Eve tweet also bore a hint of self-reflection.
While members of the Senate and House departed the capital over the weekend to be with their families, Melania Trump returned to Washington on Sunday, shaving at least four days from a planned 16-day holiday at Mar-a-Lago the first family had planned.
After an especially tumultuous week for the Trump administration, the optics of the president playing golf at his Florida resort were too risky. Instead, Trump used his Twitter megaphone to try to explain why his critics, including soon-to-be former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, were wrong about his governing priorities.