Trump cites ‘great work’ by administration on emergency Coast Guard pay

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE on Sunday praised the "great work" of his administration to pay members of the Coast Guard during the ongoing partial government shutdown.

"Great work by my Administration over the holidays to save Coast Guard pay during this #SchumerShutdown. No thanks to the Democrats who left town and are not concerned about the safety and security of Americans!" Trump tweeted.


The Coast Guard announced last Friday that its workforce would be paid on Dec. 31 through a deal with the Trump administration and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

"The Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Coast Guard have identified a way to pay our military workforce on Dec. 31, 2018," reads a post on the Coast Guard's All Hands blog.

"This one-time action applies to military members that served on active duty in the month of December and those reserve military members that drilled prior to the lapse in appropriation," it continues.

The federal government has been in a partial shutdown since Dec. 22 as lawmakers have been at odds over Trump's demand for $5 billion in funding for a wall along the southern border. 

DHS, under which the Coast Guard operates, is among the agencies not being funded because of the shutdown. Other U.S. military branches are not affected.