It isn’t as if Donald Trump is exactly a ball of Christmas cheer on any day, but on Christmas Day, his messages to the troops and to reporters in the White House felt more than a little inappropriate for the season.
According to The Washington Post, Trump told reporters after finishing a call to the troops, in which he defended the government shutdown and insisted that there was “no collusion,” that the shutdown is indefinite until he gets his way.
‘I can’t tell you when the government is going to reopen. I can tell you it’s not going to be open until we have a wall, a fence, whatever they’d like to call it. I’ll call it whatever they want. But it’s all the same thing. It’s a barrier from people pouring into our country.’
At Christmas morning photo opp to call troops, Trump gives long defense of the wall and then veers, unprompted, into a discussion of firing Jim Comey.
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) December 25, 2018
Asked about whether people couldn’t just scale the wall if they wanted to come over the border, which only some do while the others come legally and overstay their visa, Trump insisted that wouldn’t be a problem.
‘Now there may be the case of an Olympic champion who can get over the wall, but for the most part you are not able to do it. Very high. It’s gonna be 30 feet. Much of it is 30 feet high. Some if it’s low. But in some areas we have it as high as 30 feet. That’s like a three-story building.’
Trump was also asked about his concerns for government employees who are currently working without a paycheck and no idea when they might be getting a paycheck.
The Daily Beast reports that Trump answered:
‘Many of those workers have said to me, communicated — stay out until you get the funding for the wall. These federal workers want the wall.’
Those are probably the same workers who are 120-year-old parents of Korean war heroes who told Trump that they wanted their remains returned, but Trump isn’t big on understanding that it’s easy to debunk his lies. He continued without missing a beat.
‘It’s a disgrace, what’s happening in our country. But other than that, I wish everybody a very merry Christmas.’
And later, during his Christmas call to the troops, he used a call to a Coast Guard member, who is not getting paid during the shutdown, to bring up his wall. Trump during Christmas? The inappropriate president.
— Gregory White (@Gregory86437753) December 25, 2018
Those workers have certainly not expressed their willingness to go broke for a border wall, but Trump wouldn’t understand that. It isn’t as if he will miss a house payment unless he returns some of his Christmas gifts. He won’t be missing a meal at Christmas because he spent his money on gifts and couldn’t buy last minute groceries to prepare Christmas dinner.
Those workers have told union leaders that:
‘I have recently lost my wife and now …. I have to put off buying her headstone. Breaks my heart…[and] I can’t buy any Christmas presents and am considering returning those I already have. Mortgage companies and utility companies won’t wait to get paid.’
See more of Trump’s tidings of joy in the official White House Christmas tweet below:
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 25, 2018
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