Earlier today, in a blog which discussed President Trump’s phone interview with Fox News Channel’s Jeanine Pirro, Mr. Trump referred to a “vacation” that Democrats were taking, rather than talking border security/an end to the shutdown.

I thought you might want to know what that reference was all about.

Excerpted from Louis Casiano’s article at

Despite a partial government shutdown with no end in sight, about 30 Democratic members of Congress traveled to Puerto Rico this weekend — with their families and lobbyists — for a winter retreat where they also planned to see a special performance of the hit Broadway show “Hamilton.”

Those attending the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC gathering in San Juan also planned to meet Saturday with Puerto Rican officials to discuss ongoing cleanup efforts from Hurricane Maria, according to a report.

The junket is taking place at a seaside resort where rooms run around $429 a night. The participants paid for the “Hamilton” tickets with their own funds, the Washington Examiner reported.

Around 109 lobbyists and corporate executives are named in a memo welcoming the guests, which include some from prominent Washington firms, R.J. Reynolds, Facebook, Comcast, Amazon, PhRMA, Microsoft, Intel, Verizon, and unions like the National Education Association.

I’m sure they’ll have a great time.  Especially, because, if they discuss the cleanup efforts, the trip can be bs’ed positioned as a political trip rather than a fun boondoggle.

Maybe they can even pretend their families are there for the discussions too, and that the cleanup is all they’ll be talking about with the 109 lobbyists.

Hey, who could ever dispute that R.J. Reynolds, Facebook, Comcast, etc. are deeply involved in the Puerto Rican cleanup, right?

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