President Trump said Sunday he doubted he could accept any agreement made by congressional negotiators that would give him less than his request $ 5.7 billion for a wall along the US-Mexico border as White House officials dangled the possibility of another partial shutdown next month .
The president also casts doubt on the prospect of lawmakers reaching any agreement before funding for most government agencies runs out on Feb. 15, count The Wall Street Journal: "I personally think it's less than 50-50, but you have a lot of good people on that board." [OnFridayTrumpsignedlegislationendingthe35dayshutdownwithoutanyfundingforhislong-promisedborderbarrierareversalfromlastmonthwhenherefusedtosignanyfundinglegislationthatdidnotprovidewallmoney
"I have to do it right," Trump insisted on the Journal on Sunday, adding that another partial shutdown was "definitely an option." The president also cast doubt on any deal that would trade wall funding for increased protection or citizenship for dreamers, a group of immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, calling it "on a separate subject to be taken up at a separate time."
Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney answered: "Yeah, I think he actually is."
"This is a serious humanitarian and security crisis," Mulvaney said. "And, as president of the United States, take the security of the nation as its highest priority."
Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Mulvaney said "the right way" to fund the wall would be through legislation passed by Congress.
"But at the end of the day," he added, "the president is going to secure the border one way or another."
The White House has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to
"I think the president wants his $ 5.7 billion, "Mulvaney said. "Keep in mind ̵
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York, a member of the Democratic leadership in the House, said his colleagues are looking for "evidence-based" legislation.
"Shutdowns are not legitimate negotiating tactics when there is a public policy disagreement between two branches of government. , "he told NBC News" "Meet The Press." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Has repeatedly attended congressional democrats not supporting any legislation that finances the wall.
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the case for the wall on social media, tweeting: "BUILD A WALL & CRIME WILL FALL!" On Sunday morning, he pegged the number of illegal immigrants to "25,772,342 … not the 11,000,000 that have been reported for years." Trump also tweeted that illegal immigration so far this year was nearly $ 19 billion. He did not cite a source for either figure.
"I'm not sure where the President got that number this morning," Mulvaney told "Face The Nation." "But I think what you see him trying to do is point out how silly this debate is. This is not much money in the big scheme of things the United States of America … and we do hope it gets resolved in the next twenty-one days. "
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Fox News' Gregg Re, John Roberts and The Associated Press contributed to this report.