President Donald Trump sounded pessimistic of making much progress Sunday toward ending the partial U.S. government shutdown, even hinting again that he may declare a national emergency to get funding for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, the issue behind the stalement.
Mr Trump was "willing to take the concrete wall off the table", Mr Mulvaney told NBC. "I don't call it a shutdown, I call it doing what you have to do for the benefit and safety of our country".
The vice president repeatedly said there is no reason that Congress shouldn't be able to get to work and address the real crisis at the southern border.
"I may declare a national emergency, dependent on what's going to happen over the next few days", he said. "He's not building a wall anymore, ' that should help us move in the right direction", Mulvaney said on NBC's "Meet the Press". He noted that when former president Harry Truman used such language in an attempt to nationalize the steel industry and end a labor strike during the Korean War, he was rebuffed by the Supreme Court.
Schiff said the burden remained on Trump to move and reopen the government, saying Trump had painted himself into a corner and needed to "figure out how he unpaints himself from that corner". "So we are damned if we do and damned if we don't", an unidentified "TV exec" said in a text to the cable network.
The announcement of the trip comes as the government shutdown begins its third week, with Trump and congressional Democrats at an impasse over Trump's demand for almost $6 billion in federal funding to build a wall on the southern border.
The Democrat-controlled House passed spending bills that would fund the government agencies that have shut down until September 30, and Homeland Security until February 8, giving the parties time to negotiate border security. It pits Trump's unpredictable negotiating stylings against a largely united Democratic front, as many Republicans watch nervously from the sidelines and hundreds of thousands of federal workers go without pay.
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On Sunday, Trump pledged not to bend in his demand money for the wall but said the barrier could be made of steel instead of concrete as a potential compromise with Democrats who refuse to fund it.
Not all Republicans agree with Trump's insistence on keeping many government agencies shuttered until the border debate is resolved.
Conservatives including LevinTV host Mark Levin, Conservative Review senior editor Daniel Horowitz, and pundit Ann Coulter have called on President Trump to deliver a national address on border security.
Administration officials say there is general agreement with Democrats on providing an additional $800 million for urgent humanitarian needs at the border, including enhanced medical supplies and services.
CBS host Jane Pauley asked.
Both Democrats and Republicans have attempted to pin the blame the other side for the shutdown - a disruptive political ritual nearly unique to the American system. "It really depends on the Democrats".
Trump is still digging in his heels, demanding billions for a border barrier that Democrats won't provide.
"If the Democrats want to keep their impeachment talk - where we know there is no collusion, where we've been transparent and cooperative in the process - that's a losing strategy for them", Schlapp said on "America's Newsroom" Monday.