Trump's shutdown takes toll because of the White House's 'shoestring' staff: former official
President Donald J. Trump walks across the South Lawn of the White House Sunday, March 25, 2018, returning home from his trip to New York. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

The government shutdown is headed into its fourth week, and millions of Americans are feeling the impact. Little progress has been made to reopen of the government after a whirlwind week in Washington filled with "petty" politics.


According to Politico, former White House officials warned that the shutdown is taking a toll on Washington because of President Donald Trump's lack of staff.

“We will most likely have a trade deal with China before this government reopens,” a former White House official said to Politico. “There is not an identified pathway forward and both sides are entrenched. The mood is not good."

The back-and-forth between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Trump has done little to push negotiations forward.

“In the end, it looked childish and petty and stupid,” another former White House official said.

“They are operating on a shoestring, with a bunch of folks at home. The support is gone,” said one former administration official. “And the White House was already stretched staff-wise before the shutdown.”

Read the full report here.