Mulvaney, speaking on "Fox News Sunday" two days after Trump agreed to reopen the federal government despite not receiving any money for his wall, also suggested that Trump, for now, is sticking to his request for $5.7 billion. "He does take this very seriously".
One of the many aspects pushing to end the shutdown was hundreds of flight delays or cancellations due to a lack of air traffic controllers. "He doesn't want to declare" a national emergency in order to get it built. "What he wants to do is fix this the way that things are supposed to get fixed with our government which is through legislation".
Trump has vowed if an agreement on border security can not be reached by February 15 - the end of the temporary Continuing Resolution to fully fund the government - he would shut down the government again or invoke national emergency authority to use money other than what Congress appropriates for a wall to get it paid for and built.
The partial government shutdown is over, at least for the next three weeks and government workers will be paid as soon as possible, according to President Donald Trump. "If we had a powerful Wall, they wouldn't even try to make the long and unsafe journey", he wrote. Now is their chance to do that, ' he said.
US President Donald Trump could plunge the country into another government shutdown in two weeks if talks over his controversial wall stall. "It's the wall, where we need it the most and where we need it the quickest". "The case for National Security has been greatly enhanced by what has been happening at the Border & through dialogue".
Trump is demanding United States dollars 5.7 billion of funding to build the wall, but the Democrats have refused. "Let the professionals tell us what it takes to keep us safe".
At the top of Democrats' agenda is a package of government-overhaul measures in a bill called H.R. 1, which 100 candidates said in a letter previous year they wanted to be one of the first orders of business.
Representative Gil Cisneros, a freshman Democrat who won a previously Republican-held seat in California, said he and others in his party want to focus on their campaign issues: protecting people with pre-existing health conditions, enacting gun-control laws and environmental protection measures. But Mulvaney dismissed those critiques on Sunday.
'Some of them could be early this week.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said of her members: "Our unity is our power, and that is what maybe the president underestimated".
He said the specific timing could depend on the federal agency in question. He also threatened to resume the shutdown on February 15 if he does not get what he wants.
"I hope that President [Trump] has heard our federal workers and their families". Then she said, "please don't", telling him the House that she controls would not vote on a "concurrent resolution" to formally invite him.
'The president from the very beginning here actually has been the one willing to negotiate. He was in D.C., which he tried to leave to go to Europe and the Middle East last week. GOP and Democratic congressional leaders believed he had accepted that agreement and were stunned when he reneged under criticism from conservative pundits.