Published: Mon, January 28, 2019
Money | By Bruce West

Mulvaney Says Trump Will Prevail On The Wall ‘One Way Or Another’

Mulvaney Says Trump Will Prevail On The Wall ‘One Way Or Another’

Blowback was swift. Democrats claimed victory and hardline conservative commentators decried the abrupt end as a capitulation, pointing out that the short-term deal, which will last until Feb 15, was reached in spite of Mr Trump's previous insistence that he would not sign any deal that did not include funding for a US$5.7 billion (S$7.7 billion) wall at the US-Mexico border.

Mulvaney said Democrats should be given "a chance" "to prove whether or not they really do believe in border security and are willing to go against Nancy Pelosi - or whether or not they are so beholden to their leadership that they are never going to vote for a barrier on the southern border". That makes her a formidable opponent in what looms as a perilous two years for the White House before the 2020 election.

A Politico/Morning Consult poll conducted January 18-22 found that 49% of those polled blamed Trump for the shutdown while 35% blamed Democrats in Congress. But such a declaration would invite an immediate legal challenge, leaving wall construction in doubt.

The shutdown ended as Democratic leaders had insisted it must, with the government first reopening and then talks about border security. It's not a desired outcome.

"It's better ... to get it through legislation".

But he said that Trump would secure the border, "and he'll do it either with or without Congress". Trump also mentioned Tucker Carlson, Jeanine Pirro and Laura Ingraham as part of his all-star supporting cast as he and Fox News host Sean Hannity embraced to cheers in front of supporters.

The editors also encouraged Trump to throw adviser Stephen Miller under the bus, saying he needs to be taken out of the border security debate.

Compare that with research in 2017 from a conservative group, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which advocates for less immigration: Its figure is $135 billion United States a year or about $11.25 billion United States a month - a figure that included health care and education, plus money spent on immigration enforcement.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said on "Face the Nation" that "absolutely nothing" was accomplished by partially shutting down the government. "This has gotten way too political".

He hinted that he might declare a national emergency to bypass Congress for wall funding or let the government shut down again, should negotiations fail once more.

"He's certainly going to have Democratic opposition for partisan reasons and Republicans opposed based on the precedent it sets", former White House legislative director Marc Short said in an interview.

After Trump and Congress agreed on the three-week hiatus to end the shutdown, some government operations started to open again Saturday, with museums and parks reopening and other government services resuming in the coming days.

A key factor for Trump, the official said, were stories of law enforcement officials unable to adequately do their jobs because of the shutdown that had left 800 000 federal workers at home on furlough or working for no pay.

Federal workers are owed about $6 billion in back pay, according to a study released last week.

But Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri said on the same show that he thinks Trump has learned from the shutdown.

On Sunday, Trump continued to assail the effects of illegal immigration, citing disputed statistics. On Sunday, Trump similarly tweeted that in 2019 alone, illegal immigration has cost the USA more than $US18 billion.

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