President Donald Trump shut down the government over two weeks ago. He said he was going to do it and he said he would proudly own the shutdown. Until it happened. Then he blamed Democrats for it.
Trump will not budge on signing any bill to reopen the government without funding for his border wall (so he says) and Democrats in the House will not send such a bill to his desk.
Trump also made the claim that government employees are OK with the shutdown, because they know the value of the safety his wall will provide:
“Many of those people that won’t be receiving a paycheck, many of those people agree 100 percent with what I’m doing,” Trump told reporters on Sunday.
During a Friday news conference, he insisted that “[a] lot of people that you think are upset — and certainly they’re not thrilled — but they say, ‘Sir, do the right thing. We need border security.’ And these are people that won’t be getting paid.”
This is just another of Trump’s made up on the spot claims though, as there is no evidence of any such large group of federal employees that have made claims like that.
It is probably a safer bet that many more federal employees feel like the one that spoke with Democratic Coalition founder Scott Dworkin: