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Trump said he ‘can relate’ to workers not paid during shutdown



President Donald Trump said Sunday that he “can relate” the hundreds of thousands of federal workers who have been without paychecks since the government entered a partial shutdown over two weeks ago.

“I can relate and I’m sure the people who are on the receiving end will make adjustments, they always do,” Trump said to reporters as he left the White House for Camp David.

Trump continued: “But many of those people who won’t be receiving a paycheck, many of those people agree with what I’m doing.”

Around 800,000 federal employees were affected by the shuttered agencies, 380,000 of which are now on furlough, meaning they do not report to work or get paid.

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An INSIDER poll conducted last week found most Americans would prefer the $5 billion Trump is demanding for border security be allocated toward other policy goals, including healthcare expenses, infrastructure, and early-childhood education programs.

The shutdown, which is the fourth-longest in history, has no clear end in sight, with Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney saying Sunday that recent negotiations with Democratic lawmakers were “back at square one.

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