Mike Pence Tells Tucker Carlson: ‘No Wall, No Deal’

Mike Pence Tells Tucker Carlson: ‘No Wall, No Deal’

Mike Pence Tells Tucker Carlson: ‘No Wall, No Deal’

Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday that "if there's no wall, there's no deal" to end the partial government shutdown that's wrapping up its second week, just hours after newly elected Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said House Democrats would not give President Donald Trump funding for his border wall. Vice President Mike Pence committed to doing so.

The guidance was issued Friday in a memo from Margaret Weichert, the acting director of the Office of Personnel Management.

Vice President Pence and other Trump Administration officials are getting a $10,000 raise.

That means the pay raise will go into effect tomorrow unless Congress moves to extend the pay freeze for the officials in question.

"I suspect the president isn't aware of the disparity - that political appointees will get a pay raise and no one else will", explained John Palguta, a former executive in the federal government specializing in human resources remarked, before adding, "It's going to be seen as terribly unfair".

The salary increases would have come as the leaders of some of the unions representing federal workers criticised Trump for what they say is a lack of empathy for the financial problems facing federal employees who have not been paid during the shutdown.

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The pay raises will go into effect for cabinet secretaries, their deputies, agency administrators and other senior officials, the Washington Post reported.

At his news conference Friday, Trump confirmed that he had told congressional leaders that he was willing to keep the government closed, potentially, "for a very long period of time, months or even years".

When Congress failed to fund the government on December 21, however, kicking off the partial government shutdown, they also failed to renew the pay freeze holding back the raises, the Post said Friday.

It does not affect a 2.6% pay increase for USA troops that was passed as part of the massive defense spending bill Trump signed in August.

The pay freeze, passed by a Republican Congress in the recession during the Obama administration, has been an issue of dispute between Republicans and Democrats.

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