Pelosi trying to hold State of the Union 'hostage,' Rep. Scalise says

Trump climbs down in wall row Congress passes bill ending shutdown

"And that is what maybe the president underestimated". One moment he signaled he was ready to concede the wall in favor of other barriers on the border, and the next he tweeted he was fighting for the wall as strongly as ever.

Trump earlier had been among the first to say Pelosi earned her position.

Polls showed voters blamed largely him for the shutdown.

President Donald Trump, who famously vowed to negotiate big deals in the White House, came out of a government shutdown battle on Friday politically wounded and outmaneuvered by U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The president has said he could declare a national emergency and use money under such a declaration to pay for the border wall unilaterally. Such a move would nearly certainly face legal hurdles. Congress and Trump agreed to a three-week spending plan that sets up tough talks with lawmakers about how to address security along the US-Mexican border.

"I think ultimately he'll be judged by what happens at the end of this process, not by what happened this week", Mulvaney said. "These barriers are made of steel, have see-through visibility, which is very important, and are equipped with sensors, monitors and cutting-edge technology, including state-of-the-art drones". An additional 400,000 workers were laid off or furloughed and will also receive back pay. Pelosi revoked her invite to Trump, thus postponing the speech - scheduled for January 29 - citing security concerns related to the then-ongoing shutdown, as those tasked with providing security were not being paid. "I think Nancy Pelosi is afraid of the country hearing this message that the president has about why we need to secure the border", Scalise, R-La., told "Sunday Morning Futures". Some lashed out Friday for his having yielded, for now, on his signature campaign promise.

Despite that argument, the shutdown's end was widely seen in the capital and beyond as the president giving in, which played out in media coverage: The Washington Post described Trump's "capitulation to Democrats" as "a humiliating low point in a polarizing presidency".




"If the president is willing to shut down the government over $5.7 billion, what is he going to do on a potentially half a trillion dollar" infrastructure package, said Chris Kofinis, a Democratic strategist and former chief of staff to West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. "No, I have been very clear".

Trump triggered the shutdown, which began on December 22, with his hard-line wall-funding demand but Democrats, who control the House of Representatives, rejected it on the grounds that a wall would be costly, ineffective and immoral. The president's approval numbers had fallen during the impasse.

The budget is only a temporary measure, allowing the government to remain fully open for just three weeks as discussions continue in Washington. LaGuardia Airport in NY and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey were the hardest hit, but delays rippled across the nation's air-travel system.

"I don't see this as any power play", she told reporters Friday. That was eight votes short.

Among his many critics was anti-immigration pundit Ann Coulter, who called Trump a "wimp".

Stories about federal workers in dire straits due to missed paychecks were weighing heavily, too, on Sen.

Throughout, the two sides issued mutually exclusive demands that have blocked negotiations from even starting: Trump had refused to reopen government until Congress gave him the wall money, and congressional Democrats had rejected bargaining until he reopened government.

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