Monday 25 September 2017

Here’s why people are sending pens to Donald Trump

They want the president to sign a bill approving Russian sanctions.

People have been sending pens to Donald Trump (radarreklama/Getty Images)
People have been sending pens to Donald Trump (radarreklama/Getty Images)

By Nicola Irwin

People are paying for pens to be sent to US president Donald Trump in an effort to get him to sign off sanctions against Russia.

The hashtag #SendTrumpAPen is gaining momentum, with people sharing receipts of their online purchases which will be dispatched directly to the White House.

The movement is supported by The Resistance Party, a grassroots movement which says it aims to fight “against the authoritarian agenda of Donald Trump and the radical right”.

The Senate passed the sanctions bill 98-2, two days after the House of Representatives pushed the measure through by an overwhelming margin, 419-3. Both were veto-proof numbers.

The White House initially wavered on whether the president would sign the measure into law, but in a statement late on Friday, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump had “reviewed the final version and, based on its responsiveness to his negotiations, approves the bill and intends to sign it”.

The lack of action since then has sparked the online call for action.

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