As as the government shutdown stretches into its third week, hundreds of thousands of Federal workers have been forced to work without pay. But President Trump is ok with it because he “can relate” to their pain, according to him.
During a brief talk with reporters outside the White House before departing for Camp David on Sunday, President Donald Trump said Sunday he can “relate” to federal workers who haven’t been paid during the partial government shutdown, which has lasted 16 days and counting.
Trump also repeated many of his arguments for funding his proposed wall along the southern border, which has been at the center of the ongoing shutdown.
Asked if he could relate to “the pain of federal workers who can’t pay their bills” after they were furloughed, Trump said he could.
“And I’m sure that the people that are on the receiving end will make adjustments,” he said. “They always do. And they’ll make adjustments. 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.”
Trump will travel to Camp David while Vice President Pence and his team remain in Washington, D.C., to meet with congressional aides to negotiate an end to the shutdown.
The president told reporters outside the White House that he doesn’t expect a breakthrough in Sunday’s meeting, but that there will be “very serious talks” during the week.
Trump has demanded $5 billion in funding for his proposed border wall, while Democrats have offered $1.3 billion for border security but said they will not provide money for the structure.
Trump has dug in on his demand for funding, while offering shifting and bizarre descriptions of the wall. He has inaccurately claimed parts of the wall are already being built and that Mexico is paying for it over time, while also insisting Congress must fund the project despite promising that “Mexico would pay for it.”
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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
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