As US agencies reopen, lawmakers disparage shutdown tactic

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The government shutdown prompted animosity between the Trump administration and congressional Democrats, who now control the House of Representatives, with the main sticking point being $5.7 billion United States in funding for a border wall on the USA southern border.

The president closed his remarks with a threat: if lawmakers are unable to produce a satisfactory border-security bill, he'll force another government shutdown, or seek to circumvent Congress with an emergency declaration he believes would allow him to shift money from elsewhere in the government to build the wall.

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.

"No one wants a government shutdown, it's not a desired end", Mulvaney said in an interview on "Fox News Sunday", one of two scheduled appearances on Sunday political talk shows. The official said the White House ultimately would accept a deal with lawmakers if it includes wall funding, even if it is less than $5.7 billion. "This was in no way a concession", Trump said in a tweet, hours after he announced a deal with the Democrats to temporarily open the government till February 15 without getting the Dollars 5.7 billion that he had demanded from the Congress to build the wall. A conservative news outlet, Breitbart, dubbed Trump's announcement on Friday a "short-term surrender to Democrats". But he maintained that Trump is ready to use emergency powers to secure the border if Democrats continue to balk at his demands.

The president's acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney joined him to discuss the latest developments. Negotiations with Democrats will start immediately. "The case for National Security has been greatly enhanced by what has been happening at the Border & through dialogue".

The president abruptly rejected a deal on December 19 that would have temporarily averted a shutdown and given bargainers time to seek a border security deal. 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 has floated the idea of a national emergency before, something that would receive opposition from Democrats and some Republicans.

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Sean Hannity tried the same approach as Gidley on Friday night - once again showing how he lines up with White House messaging.

'Dick Durbin publicly said we'll have some walls in the future. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. said Friday that Democrats "remain fully against a wall" but also said that Democrats would approach the negotiations in good faith. On Jan. 16, the President signed a bill into law to give furloughed employees the pay they have missed out on during the lapse in appropriations.

"Jim Clyburn, my former colleague from SC, said that the experts thought we really needed a barrier, [and that] he could vote for it". What you saw this week was the president take them at their word and say, okay.

By the end of the shutdown, West Wing aides and outside allies of the president began to look at the seminal promise of Trump's 2016 campaign as an vast - and unachievable - burden on his presidency.

The Democrats took a beating in the November elections that year.

"I am writing to inform you that the House of Representatives will not consider a concurrent resolution authorizing the President's State of the Union address in the House Chamber until the government has opened", the letter read. Several Republicans were calling on him, openly and in private, to reopen the government.