In response to the government shutdown, Trump tweeted on January 20, 2018:
“Democrats are holding our Military hostage over their desire to have unchecked illegal immigration. Can’t let that happen!”
Junior Senator Tammy Duckworth, from Illinois said in a statement on the senate floor:
“Does he even know that there are service members who are in harm’s way right now, watching him, looking for their commander in chief to show leadership, rather than to try to deflect blame? Or that his own Pentagon says that the short-term funding plans he seems intent on pushing is actually harmful to not just the military, but to our national security?”
“I spent my entire adult life looking out for the well-being, the training, the equipping of the troops for whom I was responsible. Sadly, this is something the current occupant of the Oval Office does not seem to care to do — and I will not be lectured about what our military needs by a five-deferment draft dodger.”
“And I have a message for ‘Cadet Bone Spurs’. If you cared about our military, you’d stop baiting Kim Jong Un into a war that could put 85,000 American troops, and millions of innocent civilians, in danger.”
Duckworth is a veteran who lost both of her legs in 2004 while serving in the Iraq war, she was elected in 2012 and has advocated for military and disability issues since.