President s proposal Trump ‘ holding wage increases for Federal workers drew pushback from Virginia Republican Corey Stewart, left), a U.S. Senate candidate and U.S. REP Barbara Comstock, who is up for re-election.
President Trump on Saturday night appeared to signal that he is rethinking may be, a plan he announced last week to cancel a planned 2.1 percent salary increase for Federal workers.
The President retweeted a Twitter message, above, Saturday, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Corey Stewart, Virginia, in which Stewart wrote that Federal workers had suffered, “8 years of hell under Obama, with several rounds of pay and benefit cuts.”
Trump “can fix this Problem, and I trust that he,” wrote Stewart.
Federal workers have to endure 8 years of hell under Obama, with several rounds of pay and benefit cuts. @realDonaldTrump can fix this Problem, and I hope that he will. https://t.co/70mgZSRIKd
— Corey Stewart (@CoreyStewartVA) September 1, 2018
Only a day earlier, Stewart-normally a staunch Trump supporters-had to criticize via E-Mail a statement, the pay-freeze plan, the Trump disclosed Thursday.
“Federal workers have to endure 8 years of hell under Obama, with several rounds of pay and benefit cuts … [President of the Trump], you can fix this Problem, and I hope that he will.”
– Corey Stewart, Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Virginia
“I almost distinguish never, with President Trump, but in this case I do,” said Stewart in a statement, according to the Washington Post.
“Federal employees to get up in the Virginia early to punish face traffic and work hard to serve their nation and support their families,” the statement continued. “These workers need and deserve a salary increase.”
Another Virginia Republican, U.S. Rep., Barbara Comstock, also spoke out against Trump’s plan.
“We can’t balance the budget on the backs of our Federal employees, and I work with my house and Senate colleagues, the wage increase in our appropriations measures, which we choose in September,” Comstock said last week, according to the Hill.
“We can’t balance the budget on the backs of our Federal employees, and I work with my house and Senate colleagues, the wage increase in our appropriations measures, which we choose in September.”
– U.S. Rep., Barbara Comstock, R-Va.
The Democratic National Committee also Trump mocked the planned pay freeze as “another slap in the face to the American worker.”
On a Friday appearance in North Carolina, it seemed that Trump the comments of some of the consideration may have been given.
“I’m going to do a little work on the [labor day] weekend,” Trump said, according to a White house transcript cited by the hill. “I’m going to study, you know, the Federal workers in Washington, you’ve read so much about. People who don’t want to give them any increase. You haven’t had one in a long time.
“I’m going to do a little work on the [labor day] weekend. I’m going to study, you know, the Federal workers in Washington, you’ve read so much about. People who don’t want to give them any increase. You haven’t had one in a long time.”
“I said I’m going to study that over the weekend. It is a good time to study — day work. Time, as you can see, next week. But a lot of people were against it. I’m going to take a good hard look over the weekend.”
In a letter on Thursday to the speaker of the house of representatives Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate President pro tempore Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Trump had said that the current Agency budget, could you not endure for additional pay for employees of Federal agencies.
“We also need to explained to continue their efforts to our Nation’s sustainable course,” wrote on a tax-Trump, his opposition to raising the salaries.
“[B]to pay for the oth across-the-board pay increases and locality increases that are set to zero,” for 2019, wrote to the President. He added that “Federal employees pay must be performance-based, aligned, and strategic direction of recruitment, retention and reward high-performing Federal employees and those with critical skills.”
But on Saturday it seemed the President may soon change, the plan he proposed on Thursday.
Stewart on Nov. 6 is seeking to defeat incumbent U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, was Hillary Clinton’s running mate in the 2016 presidential elections. But Kaine has reported a 23-point lead in the Virginia Commonwealth University survey, the hill.
Comstock, meanwhile, faces a tough challenge from state sen Jennifer Wexton, a Loudoun County Democrat, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.
Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.