Earlier this morning, President Donald Trump raised questions about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her collection of pay as the government shutdown remains ongoing.
A Closer Look at the President’s Question
The president of the United States issued the question about Pelosi’s pay via Twitter.
Why is Nancy Pelosi getting paid when people who are working are not?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2019
However, the new Speaker of the House fired back, asserting that Trump is holding federal employees as “hostages.”
.@realDonaldTrump, stop holding the paychecks of 800,000 Americans hostage. There is no reason for them to be suffering right now. Re-open the government! #TrumpShutdown https://t.co/3yQ3B9fOOn
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 15, 2019
A Detailed Backstory
Since the inception of the government shutdown, President Trump and Democratic leaders have faulted one another. In the days leading up to the shutdown, Trump, Pelosi, and Schumer publicly bickered with one another regarding legislation to keep government open.