Interior’s Jewell: no partisan motive in closing monuments
By Thomas Burr | The Salt Lake Tribune |
First Published Oct 31 2013 03:47 pm • Last Updated Nov 03 2013 09:54 pm
Washington • Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Thursday there was “absolutely no political motive” in erecting barriers around some of Washington’s most iconic monuments during the government shutdown despite Republican critics who say the White House wanted to make the closure sting more for Americans.
“The people of the National Park Service did not want to barricade the monuments, but the monuments don’t take care of themselves,” Jewell said at the National Press Club. “The barricades protect the resources, and we worked as best as we could” to accommodate groups, like veterans’ Honor Flights, who came to Washington during the shutdown to visit memorials.