President Donald Trump will build his border wall "one way or another", the White House said on Sunday, as Democrats and Republicans prepared to begin three weeks of negotiations to strike a deal and avoid another government shutdown.
"Why he did what he did was because many Democrats had come to us, some of them privately, many of them spoke out publicly, that they are actually starting to agree with him on the necessity for a barrier on the southern border, and they had come to us and said 'Look, we agree with you, you're winning the battle on the importance of a barrier on the southern border, but we simply can not work with you while the government is open, excuse me, while the government is closed'".
"As to shutting the government down again, that makes no sense to me". That right way to do it.
Mulvaney told "Fox News Sunday" that Trump agreed to temporarily end the shutdown because some Democrats have stepped forward, publicly and privately, to say they agree with Trump's plan to better secure the border.
But Mulvaney said that at "the end of the day, the president's commitment is to defend the nation and he will do it with or without Congress".
A portion of a letter sent to President Donald Trump from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 in Washington.
In addition to threatening another shutdown, Trump said he might declare a national emergency at the border and try to circumvent Congress's purse-string power by tapping Defense Department funds to pay for wall construction. The stopgap measure will provide the 800,000 federal employees who were either furloughed or working unpaid during the shutdown with back pay but does not include funding provisions for the border wall that Trump promised during his campaign trail.
The record 35-day federal shutdown ended when Trump gave in to mounting pressure, retreating from his demand that Congress commit $5.7 billion for a U.S. -Mexico border wall before federal agencies could resume work.
Notably, if Trump declared a national emergency, it would likely face court challenges.
Earlier this month he predicted if Trump was to give in to Democrat demands to end the shutdown without funding for the border wall it would "probably (be) the end of his presidency". "Look, there's been two shutdowns since the time I have been there, and the aggressor in neither one was the victor". But Mulvaney said the US leader would secure the border "with or without Congress", including by declaring a national emergency, if he has to.
In a move that surprised even some Democrats, she blocked Trump's big moment in the sun - delivering the State of the Union address from the House floor - and she bristled but remained unruffled when he summarily cancelled her visit troops in Afghanistan.
But the House Democrats calculated that voters would blame Trump for the ensuing chaos - and polls showed they were correct.
On the same Fox News show, Sen.
Trump has previously claimed that the cost of illegal immigration is more than $200 billion a year, without providing any evidence for those claims.
"I'm not going to debate on TV, you know that", Mulvaney said on "Face the Nation".
But he argued that the figure "has to be larger than 11 million" because of the numbers of migrants who continue to cross into the United States each month.
Jeffries said Democrats are willing to invest in additional infrastructure, especially at legal ports of entry where the majority of drugs come into the country.
"I think that number was accurate a couple of years ago". Some Republicans, however, cautioned against another government shutdown over the wall.
"I hope that people will separate the tactics from the policy, because I think the policy is reasonable and solid", he said.
This article was written by Robert Costa and Felicia Sonmez, reporters for The Washington Post.