When the government decides to shut down then no one, from the president on down, should be paid. If those who really keep the country running are to forfeit their salaries to administrative greed and incompetence, then those who are passing these dictums should be the first to forgo their salaries.
From president to street cleaner, the rule should be clear — No governance, no work, no pay! Those who faithfully keep the country running should be paid well and on time. Mr. Trump is a prime example of “What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.” (Sir Walter Scott)