Federal employees are in support of a border wall and want the White House to hold out during the shutdown to ensure wall funding, according to President Donald Trump.
“Well, I think they understand what’s happening. They want border security. The people of this country want border security. It’s not a question of me. I’d rather not be doing shutdowns,” Trump told reporters at the White House Dec. 25.
He added that many federal workers “said to me and communicated, ‘Stay out until you get the funding for the wall.’ These federal workers want the wall. The only one that doesn’t want the wall are the Democrats, because they don’t mind open borders.”
But federal employee unions have decried the shutdown as damaging to hundreds of federal workers and stated that what their members really want is to go back to work.
Twitter users also refuted Trump’s claims that feds support the shutdown for a border wall, and the hashtag #Shutdownstories began trending as feds and others impacted took to social media to share how the government shutdown was negatively impacting them:
Jessie Bur covered the federal workforce and the changes most likely to impact government employees for Federal Times.