Mick Mulvaney says Trump is willing to shutdown the government again

Dwayne Harmon
January 28, 2019

Mulvaney said the White House is "seeing Democrats starting to agree with the president" on the need for a wall along almost 400 kilometers of the 3,200-kilometer U.S. -Mexico border, a stretch where Trump has demanded $5.7 billion in taxpayer funding for some type of barrier.

Trump backed down from his demand that Congress provide more funds for his border wall with Mexico before federal agencies get back to work.

The dispute shuttered about a quarter of US government operations for 35 days, before Trump on Friday agreed with a Democratic demand to reopen the government until February 15, without any wall funding, while the two sides negotiate over border security funding. "We will build the Wall!"

"And you know, the important thing, I think, to remember here is, Democrats and Republicans cannot only reach an agreement on border security, we already have multiple times".

Trump and Congress entered a deal last Friday to reopen the government until February 15 so that the two sides can continue talks on the president's demand for a wall.

"At the end of the day, the President is going to secure the border, one way or another", Mulvaney said, referring to the use of executive action.

Mulvaney said Trump will insist on a "wall where we need it the most and where we need it the quickest" that isn't "a 2,000 mile sea-to-shining-sea wall".

Public disapproval of Trump rose five percentage points to 58% over three months as survey respondents held the president and GOP lawmakers responsible for the shutdown, according to a January 21-24 Washington Post-ABC News poll.

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Despite focusing much of the morning on illegal immigration - and using a video from a local TV station to tout his slogan "Build a Wall & Crime Will Fall" - he mentioned a couple of other subjects including North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Holocaust Memorial Day.

"My guess is that after 35 days of this, the president also thinks shutdowns are not such great politics and bad government", Blunt said.

"But I think what we simply do", he added, "is go to the Democrats and say, 'Look, are you telling the people the truth?"

Members of Congress have warned against Trump using a national emergency to push through funding for his border wall.

Dobbs pushed back against his pro-Trump panel of former White House adviser Sebastian Gorka and former acting ICE director Thomas Homan after Gorka tried claiming the president's shutting down of the government was a "masterstroke". Democrats say his focus on the wall distracts from more complex immigration problems and is used to whip up his base for political gain. 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.

"Ultimately, he'll be judged by what happens at the end of this process", he said. "But yeah, it takes a lot of energy to fight just for the basics of keeping government open on one hand and then try to pursue an agenda that voters sent us here to pursue on the other".

Federal workers as varied as museum employees and US Coast Guard sailors were left without salaries.

He said some SEC units, including those devoted to corporate finance, trading and markets, and investment management and the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, "will be publishing statements in the coming days regarding their transition plans". "No more holding federal workers hostage".

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