White House: President Trump OK with second shutdown over border wall spat
28 January, 2019, 04:31 | Author: Sara Gill
President Donald Trump has signed a bill that temporarily opens the federal government for three weeks, ending the longest shutdown in USA history at 35 days. He continued: "We will build the Wall!" "This was in no way a concession", Trump said in a tweet, hours after he announced a deal with the Democrats to temporarily open the government till February 15 without getting the United States dollars 5.7 billion that he had demanded from the Congress to build the wall. "The case for National Security has been greatly enhanced by what has been happening at the Border & through dialogue". But Mulvaney said the negotiation period will give Democrats a chance to answer the question, "Are you telling people the truth" about favoring border security, "or doing something that's politically expedient?"
Trump's efforts to spin the episode as a victory - or at least a momentary pause on the way to a victory - came amid an immediate backlash from conservatives allies, criticisms the image-conscious president had no doubt seen.
"No one wants a government shutdown, it's not a desired end", Mulvaney said in an interview on "Fox News Sunday", one of two scheduled appearances on Sunday political talk shows. "It's the wall, where we need it the most and where we need it the quickest".
When the record 35-day partial federal shutdown began before Christmas, Pelosi had just won a vote-by-vote struggle for enough Democratic support to become House speaker.
A bipartisan, bicameral congressional committee has been charged with brokering an agreement on border security as part of a deal to keep the government open past February 15, and a stalemate could trigger another shutdown. Asked if she thought Trump and his people realized her power over something as traditional as the SOTU, she said, rather dismissively, "I don't spend a lot of time sussing out what they know".
Mulvaney also stated Trump hopes to obtain funding for the barrier "the right way" but would still consider a shutdown or declaring a national emergency to achieve his goal.
"We don't think we caved", said another senior White House official.
"As federal employees return to work on Monday after a bruising 35 day absence, Democrat and Republican leaders are to form a bipartisan 'conference committee" to start the hard process of finding common ground before the February 15 deadline. Neither party has shown much appetite for another shutdown if Mr. Trump doesn't get the wall money he wants in the new round of negotiations. Mulvaney said they told Trump they couldn't split with Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, and work with the White House if the government remained closed.
"The president went from talking about a wall along the entire southern border at one point during the campaign.to let's have barriers where they work and let's have something else where barriers wouldn't work as well", Blunt said.
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