Although President Donald Trump has reopened the government, he is skeptical that the lawmakers could reach a deal on border security that would be acceptable for him. Renewing his vow to build a wall on the southern border, Trump said that chances were low that the Congressional negotiators could cut a deal.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Sunday, the President also stated that the lawmakers might be unable to avoid another impasse in the given three-week time, when the funding will expire.
“I personally think it’s less than 50-50, but you have a lot of very good people on that board,” Trump said, citing the group of 17 lawmakers, who have been appointed to conclusion of border security funding. He also clearly stated that another shutdown was “certainly an option”.
While Trump demanded $5.7 billion for a border wall, the Democrats have been resisting the demand. However, the opinion polls revealed that Americans increasing blamed the President for the impasse, which had left several federal employees and Americans impatient, and damaged the US economy.
As per reports, nearly 800,000 federal workers were furloughed, or were working without pay during the impasse, missing at least two paychecks that the Trump administration is now working to make up for. According to a study released last week, federal workers deserve nearly $6 billion.
However, the adversities came to a halt on Friday, when Trump signed a measure to fund the government for three weeks, while the lawmakers try to work out a bill to fund the agencies until September 30. The President has also threatened to resume the shutdown on February 15, if he doesn’t get the funds for his border security wall.
Some lawmakers condemned Trump on Sunday for using the government shutdown as a tool to get his policies accepted. Senior legislators from both parties have highlighted that the latest shutdown was as futile as the previous ones, but much more disruptive.
Although the government has been reopened, a threat of the shutdown is still there. The lawmakers and Trump are expected to reach a deal soon, which seems a distant reality.
On Sunday evening, Trump wrote on Twitter, “Does anybody really think I won’t build the WALL? Done more in first two years than any President!”
Besides, he has also stated that he might declare a national emergency for his border security funding, which the Democrats would likely challenge in court.
Although the government has reopened, it is uncertain whether a deal would be reached or a shutdown would take place yet again. While the two sides are still tangled over the issue, Americans are wishing for the matter to conclude soon.