The Sunday Edition: President Donald Trump Tweetstorm

Virginia Carson
January 28, 2019

They said Trump has grown increasingly confident that more Democratic lawmakers will support border security funding in weeks ahead, despite Pelosi's flatly telling him that under no circumstances would she allow wall money to emerge from the House of Representatives that her fellow Democrats control after sweeping to a majority in the November mid-term elections.

"Some of them could be [paid] early this week, some of them may be later this week", the acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, told CBS's Face the Nation.

"You are talking about the woman that's the Queen of the Hill, partner", Dobbs said to Gorka, and added "On this broadcast, she's the victor".

"It's a bit sad to listen to them try to buck [Trump] up", Reid said. "He does take this very seriously", Mulvaney said.

The White House held a conference call with Cabinet department financial officers late Friday to discuss the resumption of government operations, while agencies began to grapple with a backlog of management and policy issues.

The dispute shuttered about a quarter of US government operations for 35 days, before Trump on Friday agreed with a Democratic demand to reopen the government until February 15, without any wall funding, while the two sides negotiate over border security funding.

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"And you know, the important thing, I think, to remember here is, Democrats and Republicans cannot only reach an agreement on border security, we already have multiple times".

Within the White House, there was broad recognition among Trump's aides that the shutdown pressure was growing and the standoff could not stretch on indefinitely.

Mulvaney said, "No one wants [another] government shutdown".

Trump backed down from his demand that Congress provide more border wall money before federal agencies get back to work.

"The president has already gone to the Democrats and said, look, it's not a 2,000-mile [3,200-kilometre] sea-to-shining-sea wall".

Also to be determined is a new date for the president to deliver his State of the Union address, which was postponed from January 29 during the shutdown.

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A minority of the U.S. public supports Trump's plan to erect a wall on the southern border with Mexico, and Trump's average disapproval rating spiked during the shutdown from 52% to 56%. But he says Trump is prepared to do either.

Mulvaney said Trump agreed to temporarily end the shutdown because some Democrats have stepped forward, publicly and privately, to say they agree with Trump's plan to better secure the border.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told Fox News Friday that Trump had made concessions, and that if Democrats won't negotiate then Trump would be right to declare a national emergency. "We're still in the middle of negotiations".

A bipartisan, bicameral committee has been charged with negotiating an agreement on border security as part of the deal, and a stalemate could trigger another shutdown in the coming weeks.

"They understand we need border security, they understand we need to resolve these problems and going to shutdowns isn't the way to resolve it", he said. Asked if she thought Trump and his people realized her power over something as traditional as the SOTU, she said, rather dismissively, "I don't spend a lot of time sussing out what they know".

And he refused to answer a question on whether or not Trump would take less than the $5.7 billion.

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