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Trump rambled through a long and disjointed press conference Friday, once again taking ownership of the government shutdown he engineered while insisting that the federal workers he refuses to pay are backing his unpopular obsession.
Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are slated to miss their upcoming paychecks thanks to Trump’s actions. But instead of doing right by them, Trump insisted that the workers are happy to go without their salaries because erecting the wall serves a “higher purpose.”
“So this really does have a higher purpose than next week’s pay,” Trump told reporters. “And the people that won’t get next week’s pay, or the following week’s pay — I think if you ever really looked at those people, I think they’d say, Mr.…