President Donald Trump is keeping the option of another partial government shutdown on the table.
On Friday, the White House and Congressional Democrats agreed to end the longest partial government shutdown in U.S. history, but they didn’t actually pass the remaining spending bills. Instead, they set a new deadline of February 15 to make a deal or start over again with a shutdown.
Most people have ruled out another shutdown, but Trump isn’t one of them.
During an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump explained that another shutdown is “certainly an option” if Democrats do not offer additional funding for a physical barrier at the southern border.
The president still hopes to get a minimum of $5.7 billion for a wall to cover high-traffic areas of the border. Prior to the end of the shutdown, the president made several offers to Democrats, including more humanitarian aid, additional immigration judges, and three-year protection for those with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) or TPS (Temporary Protective Status).
Still, Pelosi’s position on border wall funding hasn’t changed from her sarcastic offer of one dollar.
I wish people would read or listen to my words on the Border Wall. This was in no way a concession. It was taking care of millions of people who were getting badly hurt by the Shutdown with the understanding that in 21 days, if no deal is done, it’s off to the races!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2019
Although Pelosi doesn’t seem willing to budge from her position, neither does Trump. He told the Wall Street Journal that he doubts he would sign a bill with less than $5.7 billion for wall funding, explaining, “I have to do it right.”
Trump also told the Journal that he doesn’t see the negotiations for wall funding spiraling into an overhaul of the immigration system in the United States, even if he would like to see adjustments to many immigration laws in the U.S.
“That’s a separate subject to be taken up at a separate time,” he said of passing major changes, such as a citizenship deal for DACA recipients.
Although some supported President Trump’s decision to reopen the government as funding arguments continue, others were not happy, including longtime Trump supporter Ann Coulter. She even called Trump a “wimp” for folding on the shutdown.
Good news for George Herbert Walker Bush: As of today, he is no longer the biggest wimp ever to serve as President of the United States.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) January 25, 2019
In response to Coulter’s attacks on the president, he told the Journal, “I hear she’s become very hostile. Maybe I didn’t return her phone call or something.”