“No shutdowns, no parades”: Mike Coffman says President Trump needs to focus on immigration and veterans issues

“No shutdowns, no parades”: Mike Coffman says President Trump needs to focus on immigration and veterans issues

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman criticized President Donald Trump on Wednesday, taking issue with Trump’s reported plans for a military parade as another potential government shutdown looms and immigration and other issues remain unresolved.


“No shutdowns, no parades. We need to focus on what moves us forward — cleaning up the #VA, fixing #DACA, securing our borders, and growing wages,” the Aurora Republican said in a tweet.



No shutdowns, no parades. We need to focus on what moves us forward – cleaning up the #VA, fixing #DACA, securing our borders, and growing wages.


— Rep. Mike Coffman (@RepMikeCoffman) February 7, 2018



A spokesman for Coffman said Wednesday that the tweet essentially speaks for itself.


“The tweet was in reference to any notion, be it from the president or party leaders, that a shutdown would be productive for the American people,” said Daniel Bucheli, Coffman’s deputy chief of staff and communications director.


U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman and 33 other House Republicans are pressing Speaker Paul Ryan to find a legislative solution for the 800,000 young immigrants living in the U.S. unlawfully who were brought here as children and are now in limbo after President Donald Trump's decision to rescind their protected status.
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U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman.

Recent news reports suggest that Trump’s interest in a military parade has reached the highest levels of planning in the White House and at the Pentagon, a contention the Trump administration disputes.


And the president, while at a Tuesday meeting on immigrant-related crimes, openly pondered the likelihood of another government shutdown in the event that Democrats don’t agree to his immigration plan.


“I’d love to see a shutdown if we don’t get this stuff taken care of,” Trump said. “If we have to shut it down because the Democrats don’t want safety . . . let’s shut it down.”


Coffman’s tweet also refers to “cleaning up the VA.” The retired Marine and member of the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee has long been critical of the progress of the overdue and overbudget VA hospital in Aurora, which is scheduled to open Aug. 11.



Wednesday’s tweet wasn’t the first time Coffman has pushed back at the president. Last June, after Trump used Twitter to lash out at the MSNBC news program “Morning Joe,” Coffman fired back on the social media platform, saying, “The president’s tweets are beneath the dignity of his office. It needs to stop.”



The President’s tweets are beneath the dignity of his office. It needs to stop. #StopTheTwitterTantrums


— Rep. Mike Coffman (@RepMikeCoffman) June 29, 2017