Mulvaney, speaking on "Fox News Sunday" two days after Trump agreed to reopen the federal government despite not receiving any money for his wall, also suggested that Trump, for now, is sticking to his request for $5.7 billion. "We will have great security", Trump 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".
Mulvaney said the president didn't want another shutdown, but he would do it if necessary. "He does take this very seriously", Mulvaney said. He doesn't want to declare a national emergency.
The president made his remarks during a White House event with Hispanic pastors on Friday to discuss the importance of security on the Southern border. The wall was a key campaign pledge of Trump's during his successful 2016 run for the White House, when he repeatedly said Mexico would pay for it, a claim Mexico City has often rejected.
Still, Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME said that "absolutely nothing" was accomplished by the government shutdown and that it shouldn't be used in future to achieve policy goals.
"The president has already gone to the Democrats and said, look, it's not a 2,000-mile sea-to-shining-sea wall".
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He is so respected and admired in our dressing room, you would not believe. "I'm just saying maybe he's different than me". No [ Georginio] Wijnaldum - I don't think he played today [against Crystal Palace] - no Wijnaldum .
A sizable majority of Americans also think the U.S.is headed in the wrong direction, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll taken before the 35-day partial government shutdown ended.
'Dick Durbin publicly said we'll have some walls in the future.
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.
Mulvaney added that the White House is still in negotiations with Congress and Trump "doesn't want to shut the government down" and would prefer to secure the funding "the way that things are supposed to get fixed with our government, which is through legislation". But he says Trump is prepared to do either. Why he did what he did was because many Democrats have come to us, some of them privately. "I just think that's the wrong way to achieve it", Rubio said on NBC's "Meet the Press".
Mulvaney wouldn't directly answer whether Trump would take less than $5.7 billion United States, but indicated the president was willing to negotiate.
Trump's announcement that he would sign a temporary spending bill without securing money for a border wall was met with backlash from conservatives, with immigration hard-liner Ann Coulter calling him the "biggest wimp ever to serve as president". 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?"
The Trump administration asked federal department heads to reopen offices in a "prompt and orderly manner", saying that furloughed employees could return to work.