Just days after losing the battle with House leader Nancy Pelosi over funding for a border wall, President Donald Trump is laying out his case, once again, for a barrier along the U.S. -Mexico border.
Donald Trump would secure the US border with Mexico "with or without Congress", acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said, as negotiations over the US President's long-sought border wall began anew. But on Friday, he reversed course in the face of mounting public pressure, declining poll numbers, escalating air travel delays and anger from the Federal Bureau of Investigation director he selected.
"I think we have a good chance" of reaching an agreement, Trump said.
Mulvaney wouldn't directly answer whether Trump would take less than $5.7 billion U.S., but indicated the president was willing to negotiate.
"Uh, the contractors will depend on the contract and, um, let's talk about the (government) employees for a second because I know a little bit more about that", Muvlaney said.
Waltz, (R-Fla.), said he believes many freshman Democrats in Congress will come to the table to negotiate on border security.
In his interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump also sounded doubtful about a possible deal involving both wall money and a broader overhaul of US immigration laws.
"He does take this very seriously, ' Mulvaney said Sunday on CBS" 'Face the Nation'.More news: Newhouse blasts Pelosi over State of the Union showdown
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter wasted no time in lashing out. He told Fox that Trump is definitely not "caving in" on his principles. In Philadelphia, Independence National Historical Park - which includes a centre that houses the Liberty Bell, a symbol of American independence - reopened on Saturday. "I think it's important to separate the tactics from the goal and the policy aim and what the president wants is not unreasonable", Rubio said on CNN's "State of the Union." "He's just reopening (government) at his convenience", she said. "We must fight for Roger Stone. now more than ever", the caption says. "There were many many Democrats, both rank and file and some lower levels of leadership, would come to us and say look we- we happen to agree with you on border security, some of them were even very public about it".
The top Democratic senator, Chuck Schumer, said he hoped Trump had "learned his lesson". Some of them had wanted her to negotiate earlier, the official said. "Regardless of what they try and say and the tears that stream down their cheeks, they did nothing to protect the American people".
California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the leading Republican in the House, said Democrats have funded border barriers in the past and are refusing this time simply because Trump is asking for it.
In the Wall Street Journal/NBC poll, 50 percent of respondents blamed Trump for the shutdown, while 37 percent blamed Democrats and Congress.
But the shutdown also had become a big issue as the impact began rippling through the United States economy.
Trump, in agreeing to the end of the government closures, threatened a new government shutdown in mid-February if he can not reach a border security deal with Congress or to declare the national emergency and build the wall with unspent funds it has found throughout the government and without congressional authorization. They continued to insist there will be no funding for a border "wall", but pointed to bipartisan support for border security and the potential for funding for other areas of immigration enforcement to get higher funding in a compromise.
The man who had campaigned as a business savant and master dealmaker emerged from the unprecedented shutdown looking, above all, ineffective.
The partial federal shutdown ended Friday when Trump gave in to mounting pressure, retreating from his demand that Congress commit to the border wall funding before federal agencies could resume work.