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White House: Trump ready to shut down government again

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White House: Trump ready to shut down government again

White House: Trump ready to shut down government again

The acting White House chief of staff on Sunday said President Donald Trump was prepared to shut down the government again if Democrats and Republicans could not reach a deal that satisfied his border security demands by the end of three weeks.

Zachary Goelman reports.

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White House: Trump ready to shut down government again

Federal government offices shuttered by a 35-day shutdown are getting ready to reopen this week.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA) FURLOUGHED WORKER, AMANDA RUSSELL, SAYING: "I think that the shutdown was really traumatic for a lot of people." The impasse left roughly a quarter of the government without funding, 800,000 employees furloughed or working without pay, and caused disruptions to air travel, food inspection, tax refunds, and more.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA) FURLOUGHED WORKER, AMANDA RUSSELL, SAYING: "In the future, I hope that shutdowns like this are avoided." And after all that, the White House says President Donald Trump is ready to do it all over again.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTING WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF AND BUDGET DIRECTOR MICK MULVANY, SAYING: "Yeah, I think he actually is." The acting White House chief of staff on Sunday told CBS News that if Democrats and Republicans cannot reach a deal on border security in the next three weeks, Trump could once again pull the plug on government operations.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTING WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF AND BUDGET DIRECTOR MICK MULVANY, SAYING: "He's willing to do whatever it takes to secure the border.

He does take this very seriously.

[FLASH] He doesn't want to shut the goverment down.

Let's make that very clear.

He doesn't want to declare a national emergency." But it's unclear what other options the president has.

His decision to reopen the government on Friday without any agreement from Democrats to fund a border wall was widely seen as a major defeat for Trump on perhaps his most prominent promise But the White House says the Trump won a key concession from the Democrats: a return to border security talks.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "I think we have a good chance.

We're going to work with the Democrats.

We're going to see.

And if we can't do that then we'll do, uh, obviously, we're going to do the emergency." As the shutdown dragged on, Republican lawmakers increasingly recoiled at the hardship imposed on everyday Americans.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. REPUBLICAN SENATOR SUSAN COLLINS OF MAINE, SAYING: "I don't know how any member of the administration, or of Congress could think that a shutdown was a worthy pursuit.

It never is." It's uncertain how much support the president will have from his own caucus if he tries the strategy again.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) DEMOCRATIC HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI, SAYING: "Have I not been clear on a wall?

OK.

No, I have been very clear on the wall." And while many Democrats - including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi - remain firmly opposed to building large new physical barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border, others who might agree to such projects held firm against the president using the shutdown to get his way.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. DEMOCRATIC SENATOR JOE MANCHIN OF WEST VIRGINIA, SAYING: "If one thing comes out of these three weeks, of this three-week negotiation?

We have a piece of legislation that says we'll never shut down again." (SOUNDBITE) (English) NASA AMES RESEARCH CENTER EMPLOYEE SHERI SHORE, SAYING: "I'm positive that we're going to be back here in another three weeks.

I've lost faith." Some furloughed workers will begin to receive back pay this week.

But for many who went a month without a salary, the pain will remain sharp and the worry will continue.



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