The White House suggested Tuesday that President Trump might back down from his demand for $5 billion in wall funding. Trump's insistence on the funding request has raised the possibility of a partial government shutdown at the end of the week.
"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.
"There are certainly a number of different funding sources that we can identify and 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 to protect our borders," Sanders said.
We have been in continuous and will continue to have these conversations with both Senate and House Republicans and Democrats. Our team has been in constant communication, we’re continued to do that. I’m not going to negotiate here but we’ve been talking to them even as late as this – just as recently as this morning. Those conversations continue, the President has been clear Bill about what the parameters are, that he wants to see in the legislation and we hope Democrats will not play games and support legislation, frankly that they supported in the past.
We would take – we have other ways that we can get to the $5 billion that we will work with Congress, if they will make sure that we get a bill passed that provide, not just the funding for the wall but there’s a piece of legislation that’s been pushed around that Democrats actually voted 26 to five out of committee that provides 26, roughly $26 billion in border security, including $1.6 billion for the wall. That’s something that we would be able to support as long as we can couple that with other funding resources that would help us get to the $5 billion.