Larry Kudlow, one of President Donald Trump’s top economic advisors and his Director of the National Economic Council, told Fox Business News Thursday afternoon that the shutdown affecting 800,000 federal workers who have not been paid in a month is just a “glitch.”
Kudlow was bragging about what he described as a “continued, strong American economy.”
Kudlow, himself a former CNBC host, also told reporters earlier Thursday the shutdown was just a glitch, a word he repeated several times.
“The moment, the nanosecond the government is … reopened all these glitches will go away,” the White House press pool reports Kudlow saying.
Larry Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, just repeatedly referred to the government shutdown as a “glitch” and predicted the “nanosecond” the government reopens, the economic hardship will be fixed.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) January 24, 2019
“Yes soon as this thing goes, the switch will be turned on, the payments will be made, we’ll go back to normal, this is just a glitch,” Kudlow also said. “They’re going to get it back,” he said of federal workers who as of Friday will have gone a month without a paycheck.
In a gaggle at the White House, econ adviser Larry Kudlow “repeatedly referred to the government shutdown as a ‘glitch,'” per pooler @TalKopan
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) January 24, 2019
Kudlow’s stunningly out-of-touch remarks come barely a few hours after Trump Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, also speaking to CNBC, said “I just don’t quite understand” why federal workers, many of whom still are forced to come to work, have to turn to food banks to feed their families.
And on Wednesday Lara Trump, who serves as a campaign adviser to President Trump and is married to Trump’s son Eric, said federal workers are just going through “a little bit of pain.” She added that It’s “worth it,” for the good of the country’s future.
Thursday afternoon Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted Secretary Ross’ remarks as a “let them eat cake kind of attitude.”
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Billionaire Heiress Ivanka Trump Denounces AOC’s Policies: ‘People Want to Work for What They Get’ (Video)
“People want to work for what they get,” says billionaire Ivanka Trump, who was both born into and who married into extreme wealth
Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump is attacking the policies of a newly-elected U.S. Congresswoman from New York City, and insisting that Americans “want to work for what they get.”
The First Daughter told Fox News in an interview that will air Sunday, that she believes Americans do not support the Green New Deal, a bill sponsored by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA). The Green New Deal is a plan to dramatically battle both climate change and income inequality, although the climate change aspects tends to get the most attention.
Ivanka Trump was asked about the portion of the Green New Deal that advocates for “guaranteeing a job with a family-sustaining wage,” which means work at a fair wage, not free money – contrary to Trump’s allegation.
“I don’t think most Americans, in their heart, want to be given something,” the billionaire First Daughter told Fox News. “I’ve spent a lot of time traveling this country over the last four years. People want to work for what they get.”
“So, I think this idea of a guaranteed minimum is not something most people want,” she claimed.
The President’s daughter, whose father is reportedly worth billions, jointly with her husband is worth about $1.1 billion. Even though she does not draw a White House salary Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, reportedly made a combined $83 million last year.
Trump Not Taking ‘Anything off the Table’ for Wall
In an interview airing today, Face the Nation host Margaret Brennan sat down with Donald Trump, starting off by asking the president if he would consider another government shutdown in the wake of the most recent one that caused chaos over 35 days.
The president initially took a “wait and see” approach, saying, “we’re going to have to see what happens on February 15th.”
When pressed by Brennan if the president was willing to take another shutdown over him getting funding for his southern border wall between the United States and Mexico off the table, the president was much clearer.
“Well, I don’t — I don’t take anything off the table,” said Trump. “I don’t like to take things off the table. It’s that alternative. It’s national emergency, it’s other things and you know there have been plenty national emergencies called.”
“This really is an invasion of our country by human traffickers,” continued the President. “These are people that are horrible people bringing in women mostly, but bringing in women and children into our country. Human trafficking. And we’re going to have a strong border. And the only way you have a strong border is you need a physical barrier. You need a wall. And anybody that says you don’t, they’re just playing games.”
The president also struck a defiant tone about the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.
“I think that she was very rigid — which I would expect — but I think she is very bad for our country,” Trump said. “She knows that you need a barrier. She knows that we need border security. She wanted to win a political point. I happen to think it’s very bad politics because basically she wants open borders. She doesn’t mind human trafficking or she wouldn’t do this.”
Brennan reminded the president that Pelosi offered over one billion dollars for border security, but without Trump’s wall, to which Trump claimed Pelosi is costing the United States hundreds of billions.
“She’s costing the country hundreds of billions of dollars because what’s happening is when you have a porous border, and when you have drugs pouring in, and when you have people dying all over the country because of people like Nancy Pelosi who don’t want to give proper border security for political reasons, she’s doing a terrible disservice to our country,” said Trump. “And on the 15th we have now set the table beautifully because everybody knows what’s going on because of the shutdown. People that didn’t have any idea — they didn’t have a clue as to what was happening, they now know exactly what’s happening. They see human trafficking. They see drugs and gangs and criminals pouring in. Now, we catch them because we’re doing a great job. But if we had proper border security, we wouldn’t have to work so hard and we could do an even better job, and I think Nancy Pelosi is doing a terrible disservice to the people of our country.”
When Brennan reminded Trump that he would, nevertheless, have to make a deal with Pelosi, Trump remained argumentative.
“No, she can keep playing her games, but we will win. Because we have a much better issue. On a political basis, what she’s doing is — I actually think it’s bad politics, but much more importantly it’s very bad for our country,” said Trump.
View an excerpt from the interview below:
Image via screen capture from video source.
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