Trump OK with second shutdown over border spat, White House says

Minnie Murray
January 28, 2019

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

After Trump backed down on Friday - agreeing to end the shutdown with no promise of border wall money - Pelosi adopted a magnanimous tone.

Mulvaney said Trump was serious about the threat, despite an estimate by the economist Stephen S Fuller of George Mason University that the shutdown cost the Washington DC regional economy $1.6bn in January and that 112,500 federal contractors - as opposed to full employees - would not receive back pay.

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.

Both Pelosi and Trump should "step back" from the negotiations, he added.

"I don't think shutdowns are good leverage ..."

The shutdown battle left scars on Trump.

"I was standing in an empty Capitol building on Friday".

In a city where perception begets influence, Pelosi clearly emerged with the upper hand.

Peter Wehner, a former aide to presidents Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, said Trump had "been exposed as pitifully weak, all bluster, a pathetic negotiator".

"@SpeakerPelosi should give the State of the Union since she's obviously the one running the country", tweeted Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif.

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"We don't think we caved", said another senior White House official. "And as President of the United States he takes the security of the nation as his highest priority".

"No. He knows the American people are hurting".

"It's a bit sad to listen to them try to buck [Trump] up", Reid said.

Pelosi's upward trajectory during the shutdown contrasted with Trump's, which plunged in the opposite direction.

"The president's commitment is to defend the nation, and he will do it either with or without Congress", acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said on "Fox News Sunday".

'This is not something where the president's married to a number, he's married to border security, ' he said. The Democrat leadership simply refused to take him up on that, ' he added.

As a result of the shutdown, government workers such as Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents, Federal Aviation Administration employees, and government food inspectors, among others, have worked without pay, INSIDER reported. "Using the figure that the president has put on the table, if his $5.7 billion is about border security then we see ourselves fulfilling that request, only doing what I like to call using a smart wall", Clyburn said, according to The Hill. They used federal workers as pawns.

Things spiraled dangerously Friday amid a snowballing shortage of air traffic controllers that snarled airports in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, raising questions about safety.

"What he wants to do is fix this the way that things are supposed to get fixed with our government which is through legislation", Mulvaney said.

"We really have no choice but to build a powerful wall or steel barrier".

History shows that over the past quarter-century, voters generally don't punish candidates for shutdowns.

And the political damage could prove lasting, with The New York Times reporting Trump's supporters are increasingly anxious he could face a draining primary challenge next year.

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb wrote Saturday on Twitter that the agency would send back pay to staffers no later than Thursday.

Asked if the shutdown was worth it, Sen.

"The president is the only one who has been reasonable in these negotiations", he said.

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