Mick Mulvaney says Donald Trump will secure border 'with or without Congress'

Broken man: Right wing rips Trump over no-wall shutdown deal

Democratic resistance to Republican Trump's demand for $5.7 billion for a border wall resulted in a 35-day shutdown of about a fourth of the US government, a closure that just ended on Friday.

On Fox News Sunday, Mulvaney wouldn't directly answer whether Trump would take less than $5.7 billion, but said the president was willing to negotiate.

On Saturday, Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer spoke out against the possibility of any further government shutdowns under Trump.

'That´s a separate subject to be taken up at a separate time, ' Trump said.

What Trump wants is not unreasonable, but shutting down the government doesn't provide "good leverage" to get it, Republican Senator Marco Rubio, of Florida, said on CNN's "State of the Union".

"The president is the only one who has been reasonable in these negotiations", he said.

The senator said it would set a negative pattern.

"There were many, many Democrats, both rank and file and some lower levels of leadership, [who] would come to us and say, 'Look, we happen to agree with you on border security", he said.

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said he thinks a compromise is possible.

Rubio said on NBC the emergency option was "a awful idea".




"The latest survey was conducted over a four-day period that ended January 23, two days before Mr. Trump backed off his demand for border wall funding in what was widely viewed as a victory for congressional Democrats".

"My guess is that after 35 days of this, the president also thinks shutdowns are not such great politics", Blunt said.

Trump says there is an immigration "crisis" at the southern border requiring a wall. Blunt, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and John Hoeven of North Dakota.

The White House Counsel's Office, led by Pat Cipollone, has prepared drafts of declarations, and Trump spent much of Thursday night reviewing them in the White House residence as he watched TV coverage of the shutdown, according to two White House officials familiar with the discussions who were not authorized to speak publicly.

The survey, from the Wall Street Journal and NBC News, showed approval for Trump, weeks into the shutdown of about a quarter of the federal government, was exactly the same as when it started.

Approximately 800,000 federal workers became unemployed or were working but remained unpaid within the duration of the shutdown. "Yeah, actually I think he is", Mulvaney said on Face the Nation.

The White House declined to comment about the internal deliberations or the president's calls.

Mulvaney also stated Trump hopes to obtain funding for the barrier "the right way" but would still consider a shutdown or declaring a national emergency to achieve his goal.

Some Trump allies have urged the president to act, stoking his own instincts about using emergency powers, White House officials said. "Now we have a bunch of Democrats saying they're willing to work with us".

The poll, conducted over a four-day period that ended on January 23 - two days before Trump signed a three-week continuing resolution to reopen the government until February 15 with no funding for his planned wall along the US border with Mexico - showed Trump's support levels did not change from before the shutdown began. Done more in first two years than any President!' Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday evening. But on Sunday, Trump challenged that number, tweeting that "there are at least 25,772,342 illegal aliens, not the 11,000,000 that have been reported for years, in our Country".

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