President trumpDonald John Trump Trump: I will deliver the State of the Union when the close is over & # 39; The former commander of the New York Police Department states that Trump received special treatment for weapons licenses Colbert initiates Cardi B's request for the State of the Union to refute MOREThe chief economic adviser on Thursday said federal employees were "working as volunteers" to work in the midst of partial government closure, in part because of their "loyalty to President Trump."
"They honor us and they do it for their love of their country and the office of the presidency and presumably their loyalty to President Trump," said the director of the National Economic Council, Larry Kudlow, while speaking with journalists in the Casa's meeting room. Blanca "They're doing it, give them some credit, there's a lot of wonderful people in this country."
Q: "That's not volunteering if they force you to work without pay, if you do not show up, you lose your job, that's not volunteering …"
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Talking Points Memo reported that Kudlow made the statement after praising federal workers for "working for free" during the closure. At least 800,000 federal workers, plus contractors, are without permits or working for free.
"They are volunteering," Kudlow said. "But they do it because they believe that government service is honorable and they believe in Trump and they are working as hard as ever."
A reporter responded by questioning Kudlow's opinion about volunteering, and said "it's not voluntary if you're being forced to work without pay."
Kudlow responded by accusing the journalist of trying to play a "semantic game".
"I'm not even going there, you know what I'm saying," Kudlow said. "It's very clear, with respect to people who have financial difficulties, they come to work and they're giving them the same job they've always done 24/7, and I'll tell them any semantic game they think they're going to play." with me and I'm usually an easy guy. Give them credit. They honor us I do not care if you're a Republican or a Democrat. I say it sincerely. They honor us. "
The exchange came amid a government shutdown that is now on its 34th day, the longest shutdown in the history of the United States.
The funding gap was triggered on December 22 after Congress failed to reach an agreement on a new spending bill. President Trump has demanded that more than $ 5 billion be included for a wall along the southern border, which the Democrats oppose.
The Senate on Thursday rejected two measures to end the closure, one with the wall funds demanded by Trump and another without.