With only a few scant days left to fund the government, the Trump administration has been at odds with congressional democrats over a predictable and longstanding sticking point.
Namely, President Trump “big, beautiful” wall for our southern border.
The wall itself has become a symbol of the Trump presidency in many ways, with the businessman storming onto the political scene by promising the American people that he would take border control seriously. The soon-to-be President would rave about this national security issue during the televised debates, often to enthusiastic applause, signaling his coming win in November of 2016.
Today the wall has become the item on which the looming government shutdown could hinge. Trump has stood steady and stern on the issue as of late, nearly eliciting glee when admitting that he’d not regret bringing DC to a halt in order to secure the border.
The White House, however, has seemingly backed off a bit…
The White House suggested Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s could back down from his demand for $5 billion to fund his proposed border wall in a year-end spending bill.
Trump’s push for the money has threatened a partial government shutdown when funding for seven agencies lapses after midnight Friday. Last week, the president said he would be “proud” to close parts of the government over border security.
“We have other ways that we can get to that $5 billion that we’ll work with Congress,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Fox News on Tuesday morning. She added that the Trump administration could support $1.6 billion in border security funding proposed by Democrats, as long as it can “couple that with other funding resources” to get to $5 billion.
Then came the soundbite.
She added that “at the end of the day, we don’t want to shut down the government. We want to shut down the border.” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have cast the potential lapse in funding as the “Trump shutdown.” When Pelosi goaded Trump into an Oval Office fracas last week, the characterization appeared to irritate the president.
With a shutdown looming should no action be taken by Friday, time is certainly of the essence in the Beltway.