Millionaire Trump official can't 'understand why' workers need paychecks


Trump's shutdown is forcing federal workers to go to food banks — but Trump's commerce secretary says let them eat cake.

Trump's Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, a multimillionaire, actually said he doesn't "understand why" federal workers who are unpaid due to the shutdown have to go to homeless shelters to get food.

In a Thursday interview on CNBC, Ross was dismissive of the impact of the shutdown on 800,000 federal workers, waving it off as a minor ding to GDP growth instead of real human beings struggling to get by.

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."

The millionaire — one of many extremely wealthy members of Trump's inner circle — continued: "The 30 days of pay that some people will be out, there's no real reason why they shouldn't be able to get a loan against it."

Ross' cold-hearted assessment of the massive financial pain Trump is causing families fits right in line with the administration's overall approach. Trump infamously said pushing for his racist border wall was a "higher purpose than next week's pay" for thousands of federal workers.

Trump doesn't care about what his shutdown has done to federal workers living paycheck to paycheck. So why would the wealthy Wilbur Ross?

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.