Trump Softens Stance on Shutdown, Still Trying to Fund Wall

Jordan Kirkland - December 19th, 2018

“If we don’t have border security, we’ll shut down the government — this country needs border security."

President Trump boldly made this statement last week in a meeting with Democratic congressional leaders. On Wednesday, the president took a different stance on the border wall, with reports suggesting that he's backing down from his previous comments, and that he no longer is demanding $5 billion for funding the wall.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders signaled the change when she told Fox News “at the end of the day we don’t want to shut down the government.”

With the deadline quickly approaching, congressional leaders got behind a short-term measure to fund the government. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced the resolution on Wednesday, pushing the ongoing debate over immigration and border security into next year,

 

"We need the government to remain open for the American people," McConnell said on the Senate floor. He contended that Democrats have not taken border security seriously enough, saying they had an "allergy to sensible immigration policies."

 

Lawmakers need to pass spending bills by midnight Friday to avoid a partial shutdown. It has not been reported whether the president would sign the bill.

 

The short-term bill would mean Trump would fall short once again in his ongoing effort to fund a wall between the U.S. and Mexico border, one of his key campaign promises. He pledged to get Mexico to fund the barrier, which America's southern neighbor has repeatedly refused to do.

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