Mulvaney says Trump will use executive authority if Congress won't fund wall


While the United States public overwhelmingly blamed Trump for the shutdown, the Republican party sought to blame Democrats, a sign of potential trouble ahead as negotiations between the sides resume.

The Trump administration asked federal department heads to reopen offices in a "prompt and orderly manner" and said furloughed employees can return to work.

Trump, however, asserted that he has not compromised on constructing a wall along the Mexico border even as he agreed to end the partial government shutdown for three weeks.

The lynchpin in the standoff is Trump's demand for $5.7 billion United States for his proposed wall at the U.S. -Mexico border, a project Democrats consider an ineffective, wasteful monument to a ridiculous Trump campaign promise. "This is a serious humanitarian and security crisis", Mulvaney said of Trump.

Public opinion polls show that the public blamed Trump and Republicans more than Democrats for the recent shutdown.

"Democrats have held our government hostage for weeks but thanks to President @realDonaldTrump's leadership, the government will reopen and federal workers will be paid in the next few days", the national GOP tweeted.

Trump had announced that he would sign such a bill earlier Friday, and Congress passed the measure hours later, sending it to Trump's desk.

After polls showed Americans increasingly blamed Trump for the situation, the president on Friday signed a measure to fund the government for three weeks as congressional negotiators try to work out a bill to fully fund agencies through September 30.

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He noted that going through legislative channels is the "right way" to get funding but also suggested that Trump would declare a national emergency to get the money for a border barrier if Democrats continue to oppose him.

"But I think what we simply do", he added, "is go to the Democrats and say, 'Look, are you telling the people the truth?"

"We really have no choice but to build a powerful wall or steel barrier". "But we agree on many things, such as the need for new technology and the need to strengthen security at our ports of entry".

"The president went from talking about a wall along the entire southern border at one point during the let's have barriers where they work and let's have something else where barriers wouldn't work as well", Blunt said.

Mulvaney also said Cabinet agencies followed the president's directive to search for money to come up with the $5.7 billion needed and that they wound more than that in their coffers. It is not clear when Trump will deliver his State of the Union Address, but one administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Saturday it is not likely to be until February.

But the US President warned his battle with the Democrat-led house of representatives is not over and said the government would shut down again if "we don't get a fair deal from Congress". "Obviously they don't care about the people, they don't care about safety", he said.

The bill signed Friday ended the 35-day shutdown, the longest in USA history, and will allow for a bipartisan conference committee in Congress to review Department of Homeland Security requests for border security.