>> Federal employees impacted by a 35-day partial shutdown are back at work Monday.>> In the future, I hope that shutdowns like this are avoided.>> A deal reached Friday funded the government for three weeks, with a pledge Democrats and Republicans would renew talks on border security. But President Donald Trump still doesn't think law makers will reach an agreement that he could accept.
In a Wall Street Journal interview Sunday, he said the chances of a new deal being struck before the government shuts down again are less than 50/50. And if he doesn't get his wall, the President said he'd go forward with it anyway, using emergency powers. Something echoed by his acting White House chief of staff over the weekend.
>> He's willing to do whatever it takes to secure the border, he does take this very seriously. He doesn't want to shut the government down, let's make that very clear, he doesn't want to declare a national emergency.>> But it's unclear what other options the President has. His decision to re-open the government on Friday, without any agreement from Democrats to fund a border wall, was widely seen as a major defeat for Trump on perhaps his most prominent promise.
But as the shutdown dragged on, Republican lawmakers increasingly recoiled at the hardship imposed on everyday Americans.>> Shutdowns are never good policy, ever.>> It's uncertain how much support the President will have from his own caucus if he tries the strategy again. And if he tries to declare a national emergency to build a wall, he will almost certainly face a challenge in court.