President Donald Trump attacked federal employees on Twitter on Saturday morning, saying he doesn’t “care that most of the workers are not getting paid” since he believes they are Democrats.
“I don’t care that most of the workers not getting paid are Democrats, I want to stop the Shutdown as soon as we are in agreement on Strong Border Security!” the president tweeted as the partial government shutdown stretched into its third week. “I am in the White House ready to go, where are the Dems?”
I don’t care that most of the workers not getting paid are Democrats, I want to stop the Shutdown as soon as we are in agreement on Strong Border Security! I am in the White House ready to go, where are the Dems?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2019
The Washington Post reported on Friday that hundreds of senior officials appointed by Trump, including Cabinet officials, top administrators, and even the vice president, are poised to receive their annual raises of close to $10,000 a year.
Trump also threatened to keep the government closed for months or even years until Congress meets his demand for billions of dollars in funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border that he promised to get Mexico to pay for.
The president also claimed to have spoken to several unpaid federal employees who approved of his decision to shut down the federal government until he gets funding for his wall.
“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 who are not getting paid,” Trump claimed.