Washington: Former US President George W Bush delivered pizzas to his unpaid Secret Service personnel, urging all leaders to come together to end the partial government shutdown.
“@LauraWBush and I are grateful to our Secret Service personnel and the thousands of Federal employees who are working hard for our country without a paycheck,” he captioned an image showing himself delivering pizzas on Instagram on Friday.
“And we thank our fellow citizens who are supporting them.”
The former leader bought his staff at least six pizzas, according to the Instagram post.
“It’s time for leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown,” he said.
The message comes as the shutdown, already the longest in history, entered the 28th day on Friday.
US President Donald Trump is demanding USD 5.7 billion to build more than 200 miles of his proposed southwest border wall, and has refused to sign spending bills reopening government lacking that money.
The partial shutdown seemed certain to drag well into next week, meaning 8,00,000 federal workers nationwide would continue to go unpaid and some government functions would remain impaired.
Some furloughed workers have taken to accepting food handouts amid the weeks without a paycheck.
Some 6,000 Secret Service employees are among the 800,000 federal workers not receiving paychecks.
Spokeswoman Catherine Milhoan said on Friday that more than 85 per cent of the agency is continuing to report to work every day.