A possible government shut down looms as there is a battle between the president and Congress on President Donald Trump’s proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall.
Trump has reiterated that he’d shut down the government if he didn’t get the funding, as he is demanding $5 million for construction. The president has left Democrats angry after he said that he’d be “proud” to shut down the government for border security, as IJR reported.
“I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck, because the people of this country don’t want criminals and people that have lots of problems and drugs pouring into our country,” President Trump previously said after a meeting last week with U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi about border wall funding.
However, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Fox News on Tuesday that the White House would like to avoid a shutdown over the border wall, adding that there are “other ways to get to that $5 billion.”
“We will work with Congress if they will make sure we get a bill passed that provides not just the funding for the wall, but there’s a piece of legislation that’s been pushed around that Democrats actually voted 26-5 out of committee that provides roughly $26 billion in border security, including $1.6 billion for the wall. That’s something that we would be able to support as a long as we can couple that with other funding resources.”
“At the end of the day, we don’t want to shut down the government, we want to shut down the border from illegal immigration,” Sanders said.
The press secretary went on to say she “absolutely” believes, legally, the White House could use defense money for border security.
“There’s certainly a number of different funding sources that we’ve identified that we can use that we can couple with the money that would be given through congressional appropriations that would help us get to that $5 billion that the president needs in order to protect our borders.”
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Sanders says the White House wants $26 billion (!) in border security funding or Trump may shut down the government over Christmas. pic.twitter.com/IMb0XqimlC
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 18, 2018
This comes just days before funds run out on Dec. 21 for several government agencies.