In this Jan. 14, 2019 photo, President Donald Trump talks to the media about the table full of fast food in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, for the reception for the Clemson Tigers. The partial government shutdown is hitting home for President Trump in a very personal way. He lives in government-run housing, after all. Just 21 of the roughly 80 people who help care for the White House _ from butlers to electricians to chefs _ are reporting to work. The rest have been furloughed. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Shutdown hits home for Trump; he lives in government housing

January 18, 2019 - 1:03 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The partial government shutdown is hitting home for President Donald Trump in a very personal way. He lives in government-run housing, after all.

Just 21 of the roughly 80 people who help care for the White House — from butlers to electricians to chefs — are reporting to work. The rest have been furloughed.

Even so, the shutdown doesn't mean Trump is making his own bed or emptying the trash on the second floor of the White House, where he and the first lady live with their 12-year-old son, Barron.

The pared-down White House residence staff typically still includes a butler and a chef. Basic housekeeping continues.

But forget fresh flower arrangements from the White House florist — that's hardly considered an essential service.

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