saw this going around and wanted to check for myself: here’s the message you hear today when you ring the White House comment line during the shutdown pic.twitter.com/sCquYj0XnX— David Mack (@davidmackau) January 20, 2018
The Trump administration recently recorded an anti-Democrat Party voice mail message on a public White House phone, thereby politicizing a communication line meant to serve the people.
“Thank you for calling the White House," says the automated voice mail, before going off on how Democrats are holding the nation hostage. "Unfortunately, we cannot answer your call today, because Congressional Democrats are holding government funding, including funding for our troops and other national security priorities, hostage to an unrelated immigration debate. Due to this obstruction, the government is shut down.”
On President Donald Trump’s first-year anniversary, the U.S. government had shut down after Democrats and Republicans failed to reach a final deal to fund its operations over disputes on immigration and border security.
The Republicans want stricter immigration control and funding for the Mexican border wall. Democratic senators blocked a bill to extend government funding because of the Trump administration’s controversial plan to finish amnesty for Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. when they were children.
Following the shutdown, the White House said it will not discuss immigration till the government gets back to work. “We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands. This is the behavior of obstructionist losers, not legislators,” the White House said.
Under a shutdown, necessary government employees work, but they are not be paid until funding is renewed or handled with separate legislation.
"They could easily have made a deal but decided to play shutdown politics instead," said Trump.
Coming back to the voice message, after blaming Democrats for the Trump administration's failures, it asks callers to leave a message for the president.
Surprised callers shared what they heard after calling the White House on social media.
Call the White House comment line at 202-456-1111. Listen to the outgoing message. That's not governing by mature adults. I've got an audio recording saved on my phone.— David Parker (@dparkermontana) January 20, 2018
OMG! Call the White House at 202-456-1111. It’s the comment line and the outgoing message blames the entire shut down on the Democrats. It’s stunning the lies that come out of Washington DC and in particular the White House. Resign please @realDonaldTrump. You are a disgrace— Barbara (@shackfoo52) January 20, 2018
US American taxpayers should NOT be paying for a "political message" (addressed to us) coming out of the White House.— Animaeme (@animaeme) January 21, 2018
Dear, David J. Apol via @OfficeGovEthics Plz do your job & write a recommendation to these imbeciles. #TrumpShutdown #GOPshutdown https://t.co/E5pAdvOvjq
.@WhiteHouse your message is false, childish, dangerous and should be illegal. You have shown what this Administration really is about and the American people will remember at the polls.@SenateGOP @HouseGOP #VoteThemOut https://t.co/g30AUuFi83— kim (@4_the_babies) January 20, 2018
America, this is not satire or a joke. This is the actual message recording you'll hear when you call the @WhiteHouse during the #TrumpShutdown— Fernand R. Amandi (@AmandiOnAir) January 21, 2018
It's way past time to end this Administration & to end the Republican majorities in Congress.
If we don't end them, they'll end US???? https://t.co/vezKWYFCHa
Thumbnail/Banner Image: Reuters, Zach Gibson