Trump wounded by border wall retreat in deal to end shutdown

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U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to deliver remarks on border security and the partial shutdown of the U.S. government in the Diplomatic Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 19, 2019.

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney appeared on "Face the Nation" on Sunday, where he said President Trump would consider shutting down the government again if he doesn't reach a deal on border security spending, CBS News reported.

"If we don't have that wall and we don't have a very powerful barrier, it's all just a waste of time", he wrote. Jim Clyburn, my former colleague from SC, said if you could convince him the experts said we needed a border barrier, he would vote for that.

President Trump signed a bill on Friday night to reopen the government for three weeks. Some of the president's allies took pains to try to say the deal wasn't so bad, insisting Trump "acted in good faith" to reopen the government, as Dan Stein, the president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, said. "We will have great security", Trump said.

President Donald Trump signed a short-term deal Friday to end the shutdown after delays at the nation's airports and widespread disruptions brought new urgency to efforts to resolve the standoff.


Not many politicians have gone up against Trump and emerged victorious, with their dignity intact.

"What he wants to do is fix this the way that things are supposed to get fixed with our government which is through legislation", Mulvaney said.

"No, I think what you've seen here is the president seeing an opportunity", he told Fox News Sunday.

Announcing the pact in a speech from the Rose Garden, Trump said he would start negotiations between the House and Senate over a full-year bill funding the Homeland Security Department, which oversees the border.

Angry with Democrats' refusal to bend to his demands, in particular with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Trump pressed Cipollone for guidance about the potential legal repercussions and called friends, such as Fox Business host Lou Dobbs, to hear their views about the negotiations, the two officials said.


Hakeem Jeffries, chairman of the Democratic caucus in the House of Representatives, said on the same television show that shutdowns were "not legitimate negotiating tactics" in public policy disagreements between two branches of government.

The Coast Guard told personnel it was "working through the weekend to process your pay as quickly as possible" and said back pay should be received by Thursday.

"The president has already gone to the Democrats and said, look, it's not a 2,000-mile sea-to-shining-sea wall". That's the right way to do it, but at the end of the day, the president is going to secure the border one way or another'. Why he did what he did was because many Democrats have come to us, some of them privately.

She then twisted the knife by playing right-wing takes on Trump's cave from the likes of Ann Coulter and Judge Jeanine Pirro, plus another clip of Dobbs telling Gorka that Pelosi "has just whipped" Trump.

"The same immigration restrictionists who told Mr. Trump to shut down the government are now calling him a wimp for not watching his approval rating sink even lower".


Some Trump allies have urged the president to act, stoking his own instincts about using emergency powers, White House officials said. "No more holding federal workers hostage".

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