Trump cancels congressional picnic, sends food to wounded vets

June 23, 2018

Trump cancels congressional picnic, sends food to wounded vets Gage Skidmore / CCL

This week the president introduced Congress to a very blue-collar mindset.

Still lacking a legislative solution to the current immigration problem, President Donald Trump decided to cancel a scheduled congressional picnic, saying that it just “doesn’t feel right.” It appears that under the Trump Administration there will be no resting while there is still work to be done.

No time for a picnic

With the increasingly hot weather, school being out for the summer, and the Fourth of July on the horizon, it is a popular time for picnics. One of the more exclusive gatherings takes place on the South Lawn of the White House, where lawmakers and their families are annually invited.

This year’s event was scheduled for Thursday and would have occurred amid uproar resulting from the family separation immigration controversy.

Although not implemented by the Trump Administration, the practice of sending the children of illegal aliens to detention centers while their parents are criminally prosecuted, has been enforced as part of president’s “zero-tolerance” policy.

President Trump, recognizing this to be a poor practice, has long called on Congress to find a solution. But lawmakers have been unable to come up with anything.

Picnic postponed

On Wednesday evening, the president decided that it would be improper to hold the annual congressional picnic with such a problem unresolved. So, he called it off.

“I was just walking over to the Oval Office and I said, ‘You know, it doesn’t feel right to have a picnic for Congress when we’re working on doing something very important,” he said. “It didn’t feel exactly right to me.”

Trump clarified that the picnic was not entirely canceled, but rather postponed to “another time when things are going extremely well.”

Later that evening, with Congress failing to find a solution, the President decided to take things into his own hands by signing an executive order temporarily suspending the practice of separating the families of illegal aliens.

A charitable donation

A large portion of the food for Thursday’s picnic was already prepared, Trump making the cancellation the night prior to the event. So, where did it all go?

The president donated it to the Warrior and Family Center in Bethesda, Maryland. According to reports, the food will be served to the center’s patients, employees, and caregivers on Friday for lunch.


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Robert Ayers

Robert Ayers is a writer for Conservative Institute. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Quinnipiac University and a JD from the University of Connecticut.