On Tuesday, Republican strategist Rick Santorum confessed that President Donald Trump has a lack of “empathy” during a panel discussion with CNN’s Jake Tapper.
The government shutdown has extended to the new year with no near end in sight.
While Trump negotiates with Democrats to end the shutdown and come into agreement about his border wall, more than 800,000 of Americans are left without pay and are struggling to meet their basic needs.
Even on Twitter, people shared their shutdown stories about how it is impacting their lives.
Santorum said that Trump lacks “empathy” and that the impact that the shutdown is having on people will not compel him to act any faster and or to “back down.”
“The president isn’t long on empathy,” Santorum said. “I don’t think that any of the stories about people not getting their [paychecks] will have any impact on him.”
“I think the president feels like he can weather the storm because he is not concerned about the people callings saying ‘I can’t pay for my house.’ I don’t think he is going to back down,” he said.
Watch the full panel discussion below via CNN.
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The poll, by Des Moines Register, CNN and Mediacom, showed major movement in the race.
"Since September, Buttigieg has risen 16 percentage points among Iowa’s likely Democratic caucusgoers, with 25% now saying he is their first choice for president. For the first time in the Register’s Iowa Poll, he bests rivals Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who are now clustered in competition for second place and about 10 percentage points behind the South Bend, Indiana, mayor," the newspaper reported.
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"Craig Silverman, a former chief deputy district attorney in Denver and current radio host on the conservative 710 KNUS, was taken off the air midshow Saturday after replaying an old interview clip in which he expressed hesitations about President Donald Trump," The Denver Post reported Saturday.