WASHINGTON — Even as President Donald Trump backs down and agrees to a short-term deal that reopens the government, he isn't giving up on his push for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.
And on top of that, he's threatening to shut down the government again or use his presidential powers to address the border issue if he doesn't get what he's calling a "fair deal."
Trump says the border barrier he wants built isn't "medieval' and shouldn't be "controversial" because it will keep drugs and criminals from crossing into the United States.
He's calling it "smart" and "see-through" walls.
Trump has announced that the government -- after a record 35-day partial shutdown -- will temporarily reopen for a few weeks while he negotiates with Congress on his demand for billions of dollars to pay for a border wall