President Trump on Sunday said that he “can relate” to federal workers who cannot pay their bills because they are working without pay during the government shutdown, saying: “They’ll make adjustments.”
Trump made the remark while speaking to reporters outside the White House before departing for Camp David for a meeting with advisers and other administration officials.
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.
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
“And I’m sure that the people that are on the receiving end will make adjustments,” he said as the shutdown stretched into day 16. “They always do. And they’ll make adjustments.”
He also insisted that they agree with his push to secure funding for a border wall.
“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.”
Asked about reports of federal workers calling in sick, Trump said “they have to do what they have to do,” but insisted that the practice has not been widespread.
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 any money for the concrete structure that the president promised to make Mexico pay for.