As U.S. agencies reopen, lawmakers disparage shutdown tactic

As U.S. agencies reopen, lawmakers disparage shutdown tactic

As U.S. agencies reopen, lawmakers disparage shutdown tactic

Forced by the opposition to drop his long-held demand for $5.7 billion to begin construction of a wall on the Mexico-US border, Trump has instead agreed to a broader discussion of cost-effective border security after more than a month of threats and political bluster.

"Without explaining how it would happen, the president asserted, "We will build the Wall!" even though the measure he signed into law Friday after reaching an agreement with congressional leaders contained no new money for 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 Dollars 5.7 billion that he had demanded from the Congress to build the wall. "We will have great security".

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. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, the sole Democrat who voted last week for Trump's wall proposal as part of a legislative effort to reopen the government, said Democrats would "look at a wholistic approach" to determine border security needs.

"After 36 days of spirited debate and dialogue, I have seen and heard from enough Democrats and Republicans that they are willing to put partisanship aside, I think", Trump said.

Also to be determined is a new date for the president to deliver his State of the Union address, which was postponed from January 29 during the shutdown.

Trump says more border walls are needed to stop what he says are crisis levels of criminals and illegal immigration.

"The president wants to give this one more shot".

The bill signed Friday ended the 35-day shutdown, the longest in USA history, and will allow for a bipartisan conference committee in Congress to review Department of Homeland Security requests for border security.


Trump said Friday that he wanted negotiations for border security to continue ahead of the February 15 deadline, and threatened to use the "very powerful weapon" of declaring a national emergency if negotiations came to naught.

Trump's retreat came on the 35th day of the partial shutdown as intensifying delays at the nation's airports and another missed payday for hundreds of thousands of federal workers brought new urgency to efforts to resolve the standoff.

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Trump's consideration of such action comes as conservative commentators have lashed out at Trump and said he gave in to top Democrats on Friday, and as special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election has moved deeper into Trump's inner circle, raising questions about the future of his presidency. "Yeah, actually I think he is", Mulvaney said on "Face the Nation".

S&P Global Ratings said late Friday that the shutdown cost "is likely worse than what we had previously expected". Mulvaney says some Democrats agree with Trump's plan to better secure the border, but said they couldn't work with the White House as long as there was a partial government shutdown.

Thursday's failure of two Bills in the Democrat-controlled House and Republican-majority Senate, one with wall funding and the other without, underscored the increasing precariousness of Mr Trump's position as six members of his party broke ranks to vote to reopen the government without the funding.

The Trump administration asked federal department heads to reopen offices in a "prompt and orderly manner", saying that furloughed employees could return to work.

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