On Friday (Jan. 18) the president signed a proclamation in which encouraged “all Americans to recommit themselves to Dr. King’s dream by engaging in acts of service to others, to their community, and to our Nation.” The Daily Beast reports. However, Trump may not have included himself in the proclamation.
NEW: @realDonaldTrump won't be participating in any Martin Luther King Jr. Day service activities tomorrow. According to the White House schedule, he "has no public events scheduled."
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) January 21, 2019
While the president’s plans on the national day of service are unclear, Vice President Mike Pence compared Dr. King’s legacy of peace to the current U.S. partial government shutdown.
On CBS’s Face the Nation Sunday (Jan. 20) Pence quoted the late civil rights leader.
“One of my favorite quotes from Dr. King was, ‘Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy,’” Pence said. “You think of how he changed America. He inspired us to change through the legislative process, to become a more perfect union…That’s exactly what President Trump is calling on Congress to do: Come to the table in the spirit of good faith.
We’ll secure our border. We’ll reopen the government and we’ll move our nation forward as the president said yesterday to even a broader discussion about immigration reform in the months ahead.”
As of Jan. 21, the United States government has been shut down for 31 days. More than 800,000 federal employees have gone without pay due to an impasse between the Democratic Congress and the White House. Donald Trump has asked for $5.7 billion for a U.S.-Mexico wall, while the Democrats are refusing to budge.