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

Trump reaches deal to temporarily end shutdown

Trump reaches deal to temporarily end shutdown

A global ratings agency has estimated that the recent partial government shutdown cost the U.S. economy at least US$6 billion, according to a Reuters report.

President Donald Trump's deal to end the USA government shutdown without getting money for his border wall drew immediate scorn from some of the prominent conservative figures whose support may be crucial to his 2020 re-election bid. But on Friday, he reversed course in the face of mounting public pressure, declining poll numbers, escalating air travel delays and anger from the Federal Bureau of Investigation director he selected.

The deal reopens the government through February 15, while also creating a bipartisan, bicameral committee charged with negotiating an agreement on border security as part of a new spending bill for the Homeland Security Department.

"As this goes ahead, there will be a window for some negotiation, but there is not the appetite - either in Congress or among the American people-for the type of wall that the President and the Trump base desire", Mahaffee said.

Pressure has been building among both parties to reopen agencies immediately and pay hundreds of thousands of beleaguered federal workers while bargainers hunt for a deal.

"The case for national security has been greatly enhanced by what has been happening at the border and through dialogue".

"We really have no choice but to build a powerful wall or steel barrier". The House also was expected to vote Friday to approve the deal.

While some of his backers rallied around the president, stalwart Trump allies joined in the criticism. Perhaps most crucially, he underestimated House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the unity of congressional Democrats, thinking the Californian would be more amenable to a deal on the wall once she won the speakership. The president's approval numbers had suffered during the impasse, and Republicans were openly calling on him to back down from his demands and reopen the government.

Some 57 percent of respondents who consider themselves very conservative said they backed Trump, while 28 percent of those who consider themselves somewhat conservative said the same.

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Meanwhile, Trump's decision came under fire from some on the right. But behind the scenes at the White House, there was a recognition that he had lost this round.

Lemon said in response that "this is all about ego" and a White House "completely out of touch with reality". He stood up for the American people.

"He's just reopening (government) at his convenience", she said.

But Democratic leaders tried to put an optimistic spin on the upcoming negotiations. Fifty percent say they are "not at all confident", and another 21 percent say they are "only somewhat confident".

"Have I not been clear on the wall?" the California Democrat said. "I hope the President has learned that he can not hold the paychecks of American workers hostage in that process". Sixty-two percent of Democrats said they trusted Mueller in comparison to just 22 percent of Republicans. They used federal workers as pawns. In the subsequent weeks, Republicans largely supported the president through the shutdown, incurring the wrath of some constituents and achieving nothing in the end. The New York Times depicted Trump as "backing down", while the Wall Street Journal called Trump's move "a retreat". "The public was increasingly concerned about the impact of the shutdown on the economy, small business, and federal workers".

Trump's base, many of whom are white, working class males, believe illegal migrants create lower wages and take their jobs, and it remains unknown how Trump's base will receive the president's actions in the lead up to the 2020 elections.

In recent days, Trump had sought to point fingers, blaming fellow Republicans and even his own staff for failing to help him achieve his campaign promise to fund a border wall. It was that image that he and the White House seemed to be trying to avoid Saturday, insisting instead that the wall would still be built and that the president deserved praise for reopening the same government he had brazenly closed more than a month earlier.

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