President Donald Trump said he “can relate” to federal workers who cannot pay their bills because of the partial government shutdown.
Trump was asked by a reporter on Sunday if he could understand what federal workers who cannot pay their bills are going through. The shutdown has led to about 800,000 workers being furloughed or expected to work without pay.
“I can relate, and I’m sure that the people that are on the receiving end will make adjustments, they always do, and they’ll make adjustments,” Trump said. “People understand exactly what’s going on. But many of those people that won’t be receiving a paycheck, many of those people agree 100 percent with what I’m doing.”
On Friday, the President said that he was willing to allow the shutdown to last “months or even years” if funding is not allotted for a border wall.
Although Sunday marks 16 days since the government shutdown, Congress does not appear to be close to reaching an agreement on the budget. President Trump tweeted yesterday that there had been “not much headway” in negotiations.
V.P. Mike Pence and team just left the White House. Briefed me on their meeting with the Schumer/Pelosi representatives. Not much headway made today. Second meeting set for tomorrow. After so many decades, must finally and permanently fix the problems on the Southern Border!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2019
Experts say that the federal government has already cost the country billions of dollars.
My question to the president, “Can you relate to the pain of federal workers who can’t pay their bills?” Pres. Trump:”I can relate…”. Watch: pic.twitter.com/WJCBHZQ15x
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) January 6, 2019