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US must remember Donald Trump's pointless cruelty

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It took US President Donald Trump 35 days to sign off on a bill that he could have had before Christmas. Before the president walked away, a similar agreement was on the table to temporarily fund the government, but not Trump's beloved boondoggle, a border wall. Back then, the dealmaker-in-chief boasted in an Oval Office meeting that he would be "proud to shut down the government" if he did not get funding for his wall.

Finally 35 days into the shutdown, he has announced a deal that Democrats had offered since last year: Decouple government and wall funding for a brief period while negotiating about border security. Trump balked at the idea — until he didn't, and suddenly caved today.

For some of his detractors, it may be enticing to gloat about the self-declared "world's best negotiator" and his failure to get funding for his border wall. But doing so would be highly inappropriate in light of the unnecessary pain he has caused so many during the longest government shutdown in US history.

Trump's reckless triggering of the shutdown just before Christmas meant that 800,000 government workers and their families have had to make ends meet despite going without pay for over a month. Not to mention the more than one million government contractors who went unpaid — and who, unlike the government workers, will not receive any back pay.

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Epic fail

To this day, Trump and billionaire cabinet members like Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross still fail to grasp how devastating their frivolous exercise was for the many low-earning government employees........

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