Stop-gap measure brings temporary end to government shutdown — IN Focus

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Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney says President Donald Trump is prepared for another government shutdown if Congress won't work with him to secure the U.S. -Mexico border. That could set the tone for skirmishes ahead, including investigations that the Democratic-led House, armed with subpoena power, plans into Trump's businesses and his 2016 presidential campaign's connections to Russian Federation.

In coming weeks, a bipartisan committee of House and Senate lawmakers will consider border spending as part of the legislative process and may seek help from outside experts.

"The president has already gone to the Democrats and said, look, it's not a 2,000-mile [3,200-kilometre] sea-to-shining-sea wall". That makes her a formidable opponent in what looms as a perilous two years for the White House before the 2020 election.

At least one Democrat has publicly said so: West Virginia Democratic Sen.

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"It's just not a good precedent to set in terms of action".

The president made his remarks during a White House event with Hispanic pastors on Friday to discuss the importance of security on the Southern border. "In the past, we have supported enhanced fencing and I think that's something that's reasonable that should be on the table", he said.

"The president thought he could crack Democrats and he didn't, and I hope it's a lesson for him".

Forced by the opposition to drop his long-held demand for $5.7 billion to begin construction of a wall on the Mexico-US border, Trump has instead agreed to a broader discussion of cost-effective border security after more than a month of threats and political bluster.

For weeks, Trump said he would not sign a funding measure that did not include money for a border wall.

On Saturday, Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer spoke out against the possibility of any further government shutdowns under Trump. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Richard Durbin of IL and Jon Tester of Montana.

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Democratic Senator Mark Warner and Republican Senator Rob Portman have introduced separate bills to prevent future shutdowns.

Pelosi demurred when asked whether the shutdown had been a test between herself and Trump.

Mulvaney said the president didn't want another shutdown, but he would do it if necessary.

The White House declined to comment about the internal deliberations or the president's calls. But he maintained that Trump is ready to use emergency powers to secure the border if Democrats continue to balk at his demands.

Mulvaney brushed back claims that Trump caved to Democrats after saying for 35 days he would not give in unless he got cash for the wall. He told Fox that Trump is definitely not "caving in" on his principles. This is a serious humanitarian and security crisis.

And he refused to answer a question on whether or not Trump would take less than the $5.7 billion. "Cost Friday was $603,331,392", Trump tweeted.

Roughly 11 million people are estimated to be living in the United States without documentation.

"I think that number was accurate a couple of years ago". "Just putting money toward a structure is not going to the job", he said.

Yet, as negotiations restart, Trump enters them from a weakened position. Some Republicans, however, cautioned against another government shutdown over the wall. "We don't go into this trying to shut the government down".

"You know what?" Gorka responded by calling Pelosi delusional, "In her own mind, in her own mind, Lou".

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