Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross drew fiery backlash from throughout the nation Thursday for his remarks shrugging off the affect of the continuing partial authorities shutdown on federal staff.
Ross, whose internet value is an estimated $700 million, stated he didn’t perceive why a number of the greater than 800,000 federal staff going with out pay wanted to depend on meals pantries through the shutdown, which entered its 34th day on Thursday.
“Keep in mind this: They’re ultimately going to be paid,” Ross instructed CNBC. “Put it in perspective: You’re speaking about 800,000 staff, and whereas I really feel sorry for people who’ve hardship instances, 800,000 staff in the event that they by no means received their pay ― which isn’t the case they are going to ultimately get it ― but when they by no means received it, you’re speaking a few third of a p.c on our GDP. So it’s not prefer it’s a big quantity general.”
Senate Minority Chief Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) slammed Ross’ feedback because the “21st century equal of ‘allow them to eat cake.’”
“Many federal staff stay paycheck to paycheck,” Schumer stated on the Senate flooring. “Secretary Ross, they simply can’t name their stockbroker and ask them to promote a few of their shares. They want that paycheck.”
Twitter customers bashed Ross for his extremely insensitive remarks.
“How fully tone deaf and totally compassionless are you able to be? Our economic system is extra than simply numbers,” one Twitter person wrote. “Our economic system is individuals and our persons are hurting.”
Igor Bobic contributed reporting.