"I'm not surprised he is where he is right now, I just think it's really bad for the country".
"I would urge him to open up the government for a short period of time, like three weeks, before he pulls the plug. Other presidents have called many national emergencies for things of lesser importance, frankly, than this, ' Trump said on Saturday night in a live telephone interview with Fox News" Jeanine Pirro.
The weeks-old standoff over funding led to the partial government shutdown that hit day 23 on Sunday without an end in sight.
Then once the shutdown actually began, Trump predictably shifted the blame to Democrats, tweeting on December 30, "Great work by my Administration over the holidays to save Coast Guard pay during this #SchumerShutdown".
A Washington Post/ABC poll on Sunday showed 53 percent of respondents put Trump and Congressional Republicans at fault for the extended government closure, while 29 percent blame Democrats.
US President Donald Trump participates in a roundtable discussion on border security and safe communities at the White House on Friday.
"Your families will get your paychecks", he told U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the agency's Washington headquarters.
But the South Carolina Republican said Trump wants a deal first.
"Democrats are saying that DACA is not worth it and don't want to include in talks", Trump said Sunday. Many Republicans are wary, too.
After meeting with Trump on Friday, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC said it was clear to him and the president that "Democrats don't want to make a deal and will never support border wall/barriers".
"It's time for those centrists to speak up in their own Republican Senate caucus and tell Mitch McConnell, 'The party's over". But the GOP-controlled Senate has refused to consider the measures unless Trump agrees to sign them. Party leaders say they won't agree to fund any kind of wall or barrier between the United States and Mexico beyond what's already in place, and Trump insists he won't agree to reopen the government until the wall is funded.
"As an equal branch of government we have the authority to override the President's veto, if that's what he chooses to do", Manchin said.
He added: "If you ask the folks in Russian Federation, I've been tougher on Russian Federation than anybody else, any other. probably any other president, period, but certainly the last three or four presidents".
Senator Ron Johnson, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, told CNN that he would "hate" to see Trump invoke emergency powers for a wall.
Graham said that in his conversation with Trump, the president indicated he would support "wall plus", meaning other immigration policies that so far congressional leaders in both parties haven't embraced and are seen as likely to further complicate the talks.
"If we do that, it will go to court and the wall won't get built", Johnson said on "State of the Union".
Milstead steered clear of partisan finger-pointing, but he pushed back against critics who say the wall will not work. "[White House] but me, and I do have a plan on the Shutdown", Trump said.
Pelosi argued that Trump is merely trying to steer attention away from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and other White House problems. Christopher Coons, D-Del., questioned on "Fox News Sunday" why McConnell has not taken a more active role.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request to clarify who is now in the White House with the president.
"Why is Mitch McConnell completely absent from these negotiations?"
Trump already has threatened to withhold disaster-recovery approved in the wake of California wildfires.