In the latest bit of grotesquerie that is the current maladministration, Donald Trump has something to say about government employees who aren't receiving their pay, even though they are expected to work:
"I can relate, I'm sure the people that are on the receiving end will make adjustments. They always do. People understand what's going on. Many of those people that won't be receiving a paycheck, many of those people agree 100 percent with what I'm doing."
Trump can relate? Trump has a history of not paying employees and contractors. Back in the 1980s, he hired undocumented laborers from Poland to handle the demolition of the old Bonwit Teller building in order to make room for Trump Tower, shithole central, and he stiffed them. When he built his trash palaces in Atlantic City, New Jersey, he stiffed contractors and employees. He has stiffed contractors in Florida as well. It's common knowledge that Trump hasn't paid income taxes for many years.
Put succinctly, the guy doesn't like to pay anybody, preferring to stiff people in order to line his pockets. Even in the context of the current shutdown, he made an exception for park rangers working in his DC hotel. It's long been known that the guy is a deadbeat... did people expect him not to engage in this sort of behavior when they voted for the creep?