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Mulvaney on Shutdown: Dems Arguing a 'Nonfinancial Issue'

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By    |   Monday, 22 January 2018 10:06 AM

President Donald Trump is working hard on ending the government shutdown that started early Saturday morning, but at the same time, Congress should not be negotiating over immigration, a "nonfinancial issue," White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Monday.

"I'm hard-pressed on what else the president can do," Mulvaney told "CBS This Morning." 

"It's hard to imagine the president being more engaged . . . this president is working very hard to make sure it didn't happen in the first place," he said. "Now that it's here, he's working hard to make sure it stops."

Immigration and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program should not be tied to the funding bill, Mulvaney said, adding that he thought the shutdown would be over by Monday morning.

"I thought it would be done by this morning because I thought it was an attempt to deny the president this sort of weekend worth of media, talking about the one-year anniversary of the inauguration," Mulvaney said.

The president canceled his trip to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida once the shutdown was announced and was not in attendance for a fundraiser party held to celebrate the one-year anniversary of his inauguration.

"The president was upset, but the government was closed," said Mulvaney. "We were talking about this on media instead of the tax plan and how many jobs he's created...It's a long list of successes that didn't get any attention because of the shutdown."

The budget director later in the morning told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" that the government is now in the process of informing federal employees if they should come to work, "but we're going through the ordinary rhythm of a lapse in appropriations, the technical name for a shutdown."

The shutdown is being managed through Mulvaney's office and through various cabinet secretaries, all of whom will do what they can to keep as much of the government open as possible, unlike in 2013, Mulvaney said.

The Senate will vote at noon on a bill that, if passed, will reopen the government for three weeks while talks continue. Mulvaney said it's "great" that the shutdown could end quickly, but he thinks that first, outreach must be made to centrist Democrats.

"We've already seen four or five Democrats already vote for keeping the government open, working in a bipartisan fashion," said Mulvaney. "We need more of those. This government cannot open again until at least nine Democrats support the measure."

Meanwhile, he said he believes Trump is starting to learn that "maybe the Democrats and the Senate leadership were not the honest brokers we thought they were.

"You can't have a conversation about funding the wall, but not really funding it. You can't do that with the president of the United States and not expect there to be ramifications for future discussions. "

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