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

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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.

White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that President Donald Trump would be willing to shut down the government again to acquire funding for an expanded border barrier.

Let me be very clear: We really have no choice but to build a powerful wall or steel barrier. Jim Clyburn, my former colleague from SC, said if you could convince him the experts said we needed a border barrier, he would vote for that.

Trump triggered the shutdown in December to pressure congressional Democrats to give him funding for the border wall.

He is also holding out the possibility of taking executive action.

White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney listens as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington on January 2.

The editors lamented that everyone knew the shutdown would end badly, adding the president had no one but himself to blame.

Trump is demanding Dollars 5.7 billion of funding to build the wall, but the Democrats have refused.

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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.

The shutdown, the longer it went on, was having a cascading effect on the USA economy, with Standard & Poor's Global Ratings saying the government closures cost the economy about $6 billion, $300 million more than the wall funding Trump wanted.

The announcement in the White House Rose Garden on the bipartisan deal marked a retreat by Trump, suspending a row that paralyzed Washington, disrupted air travel, and left more than 800,000 federal employees without pay for five weeks. "But yeah, it takes a lot of energy to fight just for the basics of keeping government open on one hand and then try to pursue an agenda that voters sent us here to pursue on the other".

First the US Senate, then the US House of Representatives swiftly and unanimously approved the deal. 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. "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". Mulvaney says some Democrats agree with Trump's plan to better secure the border, but said they couldn't work with the White House as long as there was a partial government shutdown.

Trump agreed on Friday to reopen the government after a 35-day partial shutdown by accepting a deal to continue funding - without money for a wall - until February 15 to allow for bipartisan negotiations on a border-security plan. Lindsey Graham, had said just three weeks ago that giving in on the border wall would probably mark "the end of his presidency".

In another piece, he seemingly portrayed the president as a shark attacking federal workers affected by the shutdown.

The victory, however, belongs to Pelosi, according to multiple reports that have noted her unwillingness to compromise with Trump.

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