We need something to prevent people from coming into this country illegally, ' Mulvaney said.
Otherwise, Trump said, the shutdown is "going to go on for a long time".
Earlier on Sunday, Trump's press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, told Fox News cable television, that the president is prepared to bypass Congress if necessary by declaring a national emergency to build his planned wall along the US-Mexico border.
"Emergency powers are meant to be used for emergencies, not to settle political disputes or to shortcut the political process", Goitein said.
Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff called it a "non-starter".
Now, Trump should avoid offering Democrats the out of declaring a national emergency and attempting to build the wall with defense funding.
Trump says he fired Mattis, who left over Syria
Mattis, who disagreed with the plan, offered his resignation after failing to convince Trump to reverse course on the pull-out. The U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not elaborate on Shanahan's views on China .
Republican Susan Collins of ME wants the Senate to take up House-passed bills to re-open the government. Collins and others are also up for re-election in 2020 from states including Colorado and North Carolina where views on Trump are mixed.
Trump framed the pitch for a steel wall as a concession to Democrats to move negotiations along.
That would be via piecemeal appropriation bills, to reopen certain agencies, such as the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service.
He tells reporters as he departs the White House for meetings at Camp David that he'll be asking the companies to design "a attractive steel product" and "we'll use that as our barrier".
Donald Trump may be ready to compromise to win funding for a wall on the Mexico border, with his chief of staff suggesting it does not have to be concrete.
Trump has often boasted of his tough negotiating skills as a real estate businessman, and he appears to relish the standoff, insisting he will deprive the government of full funding for as long as it takes to force the Democrats' hand - "even years".
United Kingdom warns Russian Federation against 'chess games' over alleged spy
Britain alleges Skripal was poisoned by Russian intelligence agents posing as tourists, while Russia denies any involvement. The Kremlin has denied that Butina is a Russian agent and has organized a social-media campaign to secure her release.
Mr Trump's comments came at the start of the third week of a partial government shutdown resulting from the dispute that has left hundreds of thousands of federal workers idled or without paychecks. Democrats have offered about $1.6 billion for border security measures, but not for construction of additional segments of the wall.
Smith said, "Unfortunately", the answer would be "yes" that Trump can declare an emergency, under federal law.
- President Trump has announced he will deliver prime-time address Tuesday night on what he calls a border "crisis" amid ongoing shutdown fight. They originally had a withdrawal deadline of December 15, but that date has been extended to January 31; it could potentially be extended again should Trump decide to bypass Congress and use the military and DoD funding to build the wall.
President Trump verified the lack of progress with a tweet on Saturday, saying there wasn't "much headway made today".
A delegation of top White House aides led by vice president Mike Pence met again with congressional staff on Sunday after a lengthy discussion Saturday was unable to forge a deal.
The administration has also raised the specter of terrorists crossing the border, although many of these claims are overblown.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer called on McConnell to bring the new set of bills reopening individual agencies to a Senate vote once they pass the House.
Baker Mayfield fined $10,026 for lewd gesture during touchdown celebration against Bengals
But, the Browns had possession of the football late on and were edging ever-closer into game-winning field goal range. Jackson's headfirst leap to the end zone, his hands fully extended with the ball, was ruled a touchdown on the field.