In an interview on Face The Nation Chief Of Staff, Mick Mulvaney said that Trump is willing to shut down the government again in 3 weeks.
MARGARET BRENNAN: Is the president really prepared to shut down the government again in three weeks?
MICK MULVANEY: Yeah I think he actually is. Keep in mind he’s willing to do whatever it takes to secure the border. He does take this very seriously. This is a serious humanitarian and security crisis. And as President of the United States, he takes the security of the nation as his highest priority. He doesn’t want to shut the government down. Let’s make that very clear. He doesn’t want to declare a national emergency. What he wants to do is fix this the way that things are supposed to get fixed with our government which is through legislation. One of the reasons he agreed to open the government this week was to essentially take the Democrats at their word while their leadership have been telling us they were not interested in negotiating and they were sort of taking this do nothing and hope the president gives up approach. There were many many Democrats, both rank and file and some lower levels of leadership, would come to us and say look we- we happen to agree with you on border security, some of them were even very public about it.
This gives us more insight into Donald Trump’s plan moving forward at the border. It is clear that he reopened the government to relieve pressure over the shutdown and pay the federal workers who were unpaid. Now that the cycle is reset Trump can go back to negotiating for the Border Wall.