Trump thinks stores will give you stuff for free if you tell them your job isn't paying you
President Donald Trump was asked his opinion on Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross's statement from earlier Thursday in an effort to try and clear that controversy up. Instead, things got even worse.
Reporter: He didn't understand why federal workers needed help getting food. Do you understand?
Trump: No, I didn't hear the statement, but I do understand that perhaps he could have said it differently.
He continued: Local people know that when you go for groceries and everything else, they will work along. I know banks are working along. If the mortgages, uhh, the folks collecting the interest, they work along. And, that's what happens in times like this. They know the people. They've been dealing with them for years, and they work along. The grocery store...etc. And, that's probably what Wilbur Ross meant.
Here's what Ross actually said while talking with CNBC:
Reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin pointed out to Ross, “Mr. Secretary, there are reports that there are some federal workers who are going to homeless shelters to get food.”
“Well, we know they are, and I don’t really quite understand why,” Ross replied. “Because as I mentioned to you before, the obligations that they would undertake, say, borrowing from a bank or credit union, are in effect federally guaranteed.”
That's not a horrible point, but shortly after his statement The Washington Post noted that his agency's own credit union was charging nearly 9 percent interest. Also, not everyone can get a loan, so there's that.