WH Spox on Shutdown: Dems Are 'Playing Politics With People's Lives'
800K federal employees likely to miss second paycheck.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley slammed Democrats for "playing politics with people's lives" as the partial government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history, stretches into its fifth week.
Federal workers are likely going to miss their second paycheck this week, as President Trump and Congress remain at a stalemate over funding for Trump's long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
On America's Newsroom Tuesday, Gidley said Democrats refuse to come to the table, noting that Trump has proposed a "common sense plan" of offering temporary protections to some undocumented immigrants in exchange for $5.7 billion in border security funding.
He said there is a national security crisis and a humanitarian crisis unfolding at the southern border, yet Democrats are unwilling to negotiate.
"They're playing politics with people's lives here. It's dangerous for the country. And there are 800,000 federal workers that by midnight tonight if a deal is not reached, they are guaranteed to miss a second paycheck in a row," Gidley said. "That's unacceptable. Democrats have to come to the table to work with us to fix it."
As for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's suggestion that the State of the Union be postponed until the government is reopened, Gidley said she does not dictate when the president will or will not address the American people.
"Nancy Pelosi is trying to play politics with that venue."
Watch the America's Newsroom interview above.