Trump's shutdown closed his own executive office tasked with implementing border policy
The government shutdown isn't affecting the entire government, just select departments and agencies. But, there's still a lot of them.
One of those departments includes the Executive Office of the President, as well as the Office of Management and Budget. It employs around 1,800 people and their job is to execute on Trump's policy and budget goals, including Trump's border wall.
Well, most of them were just furloughed in the shutdown (sent home without pay) and won't be back until Trump comes to an agreement with Democrats and Congress. In the meantime, they won't be working on behalf of the president to help him get his border wall, which ironically, was the main reason of the shutdown. Other non-essential workers will also be sent home, and they number in the hundreds of thousands.
So, now what?
Trump insists that there will be no end in sight and if he doesn't get his money, this thing can continue on forever.
Here's a list of departments affected. They include 9 out of 15 Cabinet-level departments.
- Department of the Treasury
- Department of Agriculture
- Homeland Security Department
- Department of the Interior
- Department of State
- Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Department of Transportation
- Department of Commerce
- Department of Justice
This doesn't even mention the dozens of other U.S. agencies that will also close down.
Historically, when the two branches of government get their act together and eventually reach a consensus, they will include provisions for back pay. But, right now, around the holidays, if this thing continues, a lot of people are going to have a tough time paying their rent, etc. Most people live paycheck to paycheck and can't hold out for a months time.
We believe Trump can only last so long given this reality, but he should know that the shutdown is also hurting himself on the border wall.