Facing a potential Christmastime government shutdown over his border wall funding, President Donald Trump — who has said for weeks he is willing to close down over the issue — reportedly will consider a compromise to keep federal employees and agencies in full swing.
According to The New York Times, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told Fox News on Tuesday that Trump has “number of different funding sources we could use” to hit the full $5 billion he’s after for the wall.
Ms. Sanders’s remarks, just days before a partial government shutdown is set to take effect, are the first indication that Mr. Trump would be willing to acquiesce over a wall that he initially said Mexico would pay for.
“At the end of the day we don’t want to shut down the government, we want to shut down the border,” she said.
Last week, during a live-streamed meeting with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Trump indicated he would gladly “take the mantle” of a shutdown.
“I will take the mantle,” Mr. Trump told the two Democratic leaders in the Oval Office, saying he would proudly close parts of the executive branch if he did not get his way. “I’m not going to blame you for it,” he continued. “The last time you shut it down, it didn’t work. I will take the mantle of shutting down, and I’m going to shut it down for border security.”