WASHINGTON — President Trump has not gone out of his way to demonstrate any particular empathy for the 800,000 federal workers affected by the government shutdown, but he has been relatively careful about what he has said about them.
“I love them,” Mr. Trump said to reporters on Thursday and then repeated one of his favorite talking points. “Many of those people that are not getting paid are totally in favor of what we’re doing because they know the future of this country is dependent on having a strong border.”
But Mr. Trump has stocked his administration with millionaires and the garden-variety wealthy who have not been as careful with their messaging, and Democrats are making the most of it.
The ripest partisan target is Wilbur Ross, the commerce secretary, who pads around Washington in 0 embroidered slippers and is known for frequenting high-end restaurants. On Thursday, he expressed confusion about why furloughed federal workers were visiting food banks.
“I don’t really quite understand why” the food bank visits were happening, Mr. Ross, 81, said on CNBC. Some banks were offering interest-free loans, he said, and because the workers would eventually get their back pay, “there’s no real reason why they shouldn’t be able to get a loan against it.”
Asked by reporters to respond to Mr. Ross’s comments, Mr. Trump said that he had not heard them, “but I do understand, perhaps, he should have said it differently.” He went on to suggest that “local people” who operate banks and grocery stores would be understanding of people who have missed pay.
By that time, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, had already called Mr. Ross’s comments “appalling” and further evidence of the administration’s “callous indifference” toward federal workers. But it was Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, Mr. Trump’s most visible shutdown adversary, who invoked the French Revolution.
“Is this the ‘let them eat cake’ kind of attitude,” Ms. Pelosi said, “or call your father for money?” — a reference to an earlier taunt of the president after a shutdown meeting.
But Mr. Ross is not the only one whose remarks required some cleanup. Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law, faced days of criticism this week after an interview published Monday in which she said the shutdown amounted to “a little bit of pain, but it’s going to be for the future of our country.”
She appeared Thursday on Fox News to say that she felt for federal workers and that her original comments were taken out of context by the “mainstream media.”
Joining Mr. Ross and Ms. Trump on Thursday was Larry Kudlow, a top economic adviser, who turned up in the White House briefing room to tell reporters that the shutdown was “just a glitch” and to defend how connected he was to its effects.
“Am I out of touch?” Mr. Kudlow said. “I don’t think I’m out of touch. I’m addressing the problem.”
Mr. Kudlow also seemed to disagree with a reporter who told him that coming to work during a shutdown was not, in fact, volunteer work because workers “believe in” the president.
“Give them credit, O.K.?” Mr. Kudlow said. “They honor us by their service.”
Mr. Kudlow’s comments drew a rebuke from Senator Mark Warner, Democrat of Virginia, who suggested that people in the administration meet with workers to learn firsthand of the shutdown’s effects.
“If Mr. Kudlow, Mr. Ross, or literally anyone in this Administration would actually meet with federal workers and listen to their stories,” Mr. Warner said on Twitter, “they’d know how insulting these kinds of comments are.”
Mr. Trump, appears to be listening to the Democratic criticism but not responding to the nuances of it.
On Thursday, he appeared to be watching the news conference where Ms. Pelosi made her reference to Marie Antoinette. As she was speaking, he cherry-picked a snippet of her criticism as a real-time rebuttal for his Twitter feed — one that seemed to miss her larger point about his administration being too out of touch to understand the problem.
“Nancy just said she ‘just doesn’t understand why?’” Mr. Trump tweeted, paraphrasing her remarks about the administration not understanding economic hardship. “Very simply, without a Wall it all doesn’t work. Our Country has a chance to greatly reduce Crime, Human Trafficking, Gangs and Drugs. Should have been done for decades. We will not Cave!”
For Mr. Trump, the promise of repaying federal workers may be acknowledgment enough. As a book-writing businessman, Mr. Trump cited his disgust for a city worker on the job who “seemed to be on break,” and gained a reputation for treating workers on his construction projects poorly. As president, he has churned through advisers, especially those who have allowed any daylight to show between his public thoughts and theirs.
Mr. Trump’s allies have maintained that he cares about federal workers, but experts have not seen this in practice. Ken Jacobs, the chairman of the Center for Labor Research and Education at the University of California, Berkeley, said in an interview that the president’s response to the shutdown appeared to reinforce his pattern of treating workers as disposable.
What was “highly unusual,” Mr. Jacobs added, was that so many members of Mr. Trump’s cabinet and administration have appeared to share those views.
“When you have a cabinet filled with so many people who are as wealthy as this cabinet is,” Mr. Jacobs said, “it just seems like they just do not understand or can’t comprehend how your average person lives.”
Other members of the Trump administration have stumbled into unfortunate optics and delivered clumsy sound bites in recent weeks. Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, was in Cabo San Lucas when the shutdown began, and flew to Los Angeles this month on the private aircraft of Michael R. Milken, the billionaire “junk bond” king who pleaded guilty to securities fraud in 1990 and served two years in prison.
At a conference of America’s mayors on Thursday in Washington, he expressed his gratitude to federal employees who have been working without pay.
“We understand the issue as it impacts a lot of government workers,” Mr. Mnuchin said after a speech at the conference. “We have a lot of parts of the government where people are coming in and working very hard and continuing to make sure that operations are in place.”
Other members of the administration have also dug in. In a December interview, Kevin Hassett, the chief White House economist, struggled to answer a question about its potential effect on holiday shopping because he was unaware of how the government pay schedule works.
“I’m sure there’s someone who can tell you when the next government payday is,” Mr. Hassett said with a laugh. “It shows how carefully I watch my checking account.”
But it appears that the only people affiliated with the Trump administration comfortable with acknowledging the toll it has taken on federal workers are people who have left it.
On Wednesday, John F. Kelly, the former chief of staff, was among a bipartisan group of former Department of Homeland Security officials who signed a letter urging lawmakers to put an end to the shutdown. The letter said allowing federal workers to visit food banks “cannot and should not be the answer.”
And from a gathering of the world’s economic elite in Davos, Switzerland, Gary D. Cohn, the president’s former economic adviser, told MSNBC in an interview on Thursday that the government “needs to be open” and that legal immigration was the only way forward to continue driving economic growth.
He stopped short of endorsing the president’s plan for a wall.B:
白小姐内部透密玄机送【恋】【尘】【好】【象】【已】【感】【觉】【到】【了】【他】【的】【不】【安】，【轻】【轻】【的】【握】【住】【了】【他】【的】【手】。 “【那】【指】【使】【他】【的】【人】【是】【谁】？”【凌】【风】【问】【道】。 【孙】【雷】【的】【眼】【里】【闪】【出】【了】【一】【丝】【奇】【异】【的】【光】【芒】，“【那】【是】【一】【个】【很】【神】【秘】【的】【人】，【神】【秘】【到】【令】【人】【恐】【惧】，【因】【为】【谁】【也】【不】【知】【道】【他】【的】【身】【份】，【而】【且】【他】【武】【功】【高】【强】，【那】【些】【想】【要】【刺】【探】【他】【身】【份】【的】【人】，【现】【在】【已】【全】【部】【变】【成】【了】【死】【人】。” “【你】【也】【不】【知】【道】？” “【我】
【朱】【砂】【向】【外】【走】【的】【时】【候】，【凑】【巧】【碰】【上】【了】【方】【绅】【宏】。 【这】【是】【继】【元】【旦】【后】，【两】【人】【在】【学】【校】【的】【第】【一】【次】【见】【面】。 “【还】【没】【恭】【喜】【你】，【元】【旦】【表】【演】【得】【一】【等】【奖】【的】【事】。【恭】【喜】【你】，【样】【样】【都】【很】【精】【彩】。”【方】【绅】【宏】【向】【朱】【砂】【道】【喜】。 “【同】【喜】【同】【喜】，【你】【也】【表】【现】【得】【很】【不】【错】，【一】【样】【是】【一】【等】【奖】。”【朱】【砂】【脸】【上】【挂】【着】【淡】【淡】【的】【笑】【意】。 “【上】【次】【的】【事】……【有】【些】【抱】【歉】……”【方】【绅】【宏】【犹】
【【阮】【小】【绵】【是】【顾】【影】【帝】【的】【软】【绵】【绵】】 【阮】【绵】【端】【端】【正】【正】【在】【笔】【记】【本】【上】【写】【下】【一】【行】【字】，【捧】【着】【本】【子】【认】【真】【端】【详】【了】【一】【会】【儿】，【觉】【得】【挺】【好】，【美】【滋】【滋】【的】【收】【了】【起】【来】。 【陆】【初】【看】【着】，【嗤】【之】【以】【鼻】【撇】【撇】【嘴】，【一】【副】【恨】【铁】【不】【成】【钢】【的】【模】【样】，“【又】【发】【花】【痴】。” “【怎】【么】【叫】【发】【花】【痴】?”【阮】【绵】【不】【服】，【双】【手】【托】【腮】【笑】【眯】【眯】【的】，“【我】【早】【就】【想】【过】，【要】【是】【有】【一】【天】【能】【和】【学】【长】【结】【婚】，【我】白小姐内部透密玄机送“……【果】【然】。” 【良】【久】【的】【沉】【默】【最】【终】【变】【成】【了】【一】【抹】【苦】【笑】，【捧】【着】【手】【中】【物】【品】【的】【段】【青】【摇】【头】【发】【出】【了】【一】【声】【叹】【息】，【看】【上】【去】【虚】【弱】【无】【比】【的】【他】【随】【后】【轻】【抬】【着】【将】【这】【件】【散】【发】【着】【血】【色】【光】【辉】【的】【发】【簪】【还】【给】【了】【雪】【灵】【幻】【冰】，【同】【时】【声】【音】【低】【沉】【地】【说】【道】：“【虽】【然】【没】【有】【写】【着】【芙】【蕾】【的】【大】【名】，【不】【过】【看】【上】【去】【应】【该】【是】【出】【自】【她】【的】【手】【笔】【没】【有】【错】【了】。” “【看】【这】【些】【系】【统】【文】【字】【的】【描】【述】，【或】【许】
【韦】【一】【笑】【根】【本】【还】【没】【来】【得】【及】【弄】【明】【白】【李】【平】【安】【的】【话】【到】【底】【是】【什】【么】【意】【思】，【就】【感】【觉】【到】【一】【股】【十】【分】【炙】【热】【的】【气】【息】【从】【自】【己】【嘴】【巴】【里】【出】【来】。 【那】【些】【被】【自】【己】【用】【来】【抵】【消】【寒】【毒】【的】【热】【血】【此】【时】【更】【好】【像】【是】【在】【李】【平】【安】【脖】【子】【上】【那】【被】【咬】【出】【的】【牙】【印】【下】【沸】【腾】【了】【起】【来】【一】【般】，【本】【应】【该】【是】【他】【的】“【大】【补】【之】【物】”，【可】【模】【模】【糊】【糊】【觉】【得】【有】【些】【不】【对】【劲】【的】【韦】【一】【笑】【竟】【然】【升】【起】【了】【一】【丝】【恐】【惧】【来】。 【心】【底】
【唐】【国】【英】【点】【点】【头】【说】：“【与】【君】【共】【勉】，【大】【家】【都】【要】【注】【意】【身】【体】【啊】。” 【唐】【国】【英】【打】【算】【回】【去】【睡】【一】【觉】，【醒】【来】【后】【去】【参】【加】【沈】【家】【念】【家】【举】【办】【的】【派】【对】，【难】【得】【的】，【放】【下】【警】【察】【形】【象】【去】【蹦】【个】【迪】。 【唐】【国】【英】【到】【的】【时】【候】，【现】【场】【已】【经】【很】【热】【闹】【了】，【到】【处】【都】【是】【人】。 【唐】【国】【英】【难】【免】【在】【心】【里】【感】【叹】【一】【声】，【沈】【家】【念】【的】【朋】【友】【还】【真】【不】【少】【啊】。 【沈】【家】【念】【把】【呆】【呆】【站】【着】【的】【唐】【国】【英】【往】【沙】