President Donald Trump’s unilateral plan to shut down the government on Friday has the potential to set back the progress that was made in the past week of his administration.
Trump has pledged to shut the government for three weeks, though the White and Congressional leaders are still working out the details.
The White House announced on Friday that the Department of Homeland Security would “work with state and local governments to provide critical support to impacted communities.”
The announcement came just hours after President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order to extend emergency powers, which were temporarily lifted on Friday, to federal agencies and local officials.
The order allows the president to waive some of the strict regulations that govern how the government runs in the aftermath of an emergency.
The Department of Defense and the Department, which manages the nation’s borders, will also continue to operate.
The president is expected to sign a revised order that would expand the emergency powers to include agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
However, the White Houses decision to close down the federal government means the United States is not expected to reach a deadline to finish the work that has been underway since the inauguration.
“The President’s order today is designed to be a temporary pause, not a shutdown,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday morning.
“We are working with the Congress and state and city governments to ensure that we can get this done.”
Trump’s decision has been criticized by many in the Democratic Party and other Democrats, who have argued that the executive order was too weak.
Sanders said Trump’s order was still being reviewed by the WhiteHouse, and the Whitehouse did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The DHS announced that the government would continue to function “under normal operating procedures and protocols.”
But a Homeland Security official told CNN on Friday morning that “all federal employees will be required to report for work, regardless of whether they are currently in the federal workforce.”
The official said DHS was continuing to work with local law enforcement agencies and other agencies to ensure everyone is complying with the emergency order.
However the official did not give any specifics on the type of agencies or individuals that will be affected by the executive orders order.
“It’s an important part of our efforts to help those who are in need, whether they be local governments, emergency responders, or individuals,” the official said.
The official also said DHS would continue monitoring the situation and working with local authorities to ensure the safety of those in the area.
“This is not an emergency,” the White official said, referring to the government shutdown.
“That is the president’s decision.”
Trump and other Republicans argue that they will use the executive actions to help fund the government and the federal workers who will be able to continue to work after the shutdown ends.
The President has repeatedly threatened to shuttered agencies, including the Department on Thursday.
The shutdown is a major blow to the administration, as it has been a focus of the president and his top advisers since the end of his first term.
Trump campaigned on a promise to make government smaller and simpler, but he has failed to keep his campaign promise.
“People are tired of government being run like a business and not like a government,” Trump told supporters in December.
“Government is for losers.
And I’m going to take it out of business.”
The administration says it will keep the government open on Friday and Saturday, and will continue to push for the repeal of Obamacare.
Trump also said Friday that he will sign an executive action to reopen the U.S. borders.
The new order would require that all nonessential federal workers be ordered to report to the local, state, and local authorities in the affected areas within 24 hours.
It would also give the federal agencies 60 days to comply with the executive action.
“All federal workers are ordered to remain at work until they are notified that their jobs are safe, that their employers are complying with their orders, and that their local, State, and Tribal Governments are complying and implementing the Executive Order to shut government down,” the DHS official said Friday.
“Federal employees will not be allowed to work outside of the normal working hours for their local jurisdictions until further notice.”