The White House has indicated that President Donald Trump is likely going to sign a spending bill into law that will not contain federal funding for the border wall.
Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced during an interview with Fox News that the president may seek an alternate way to fund the border wall, stating that “At the end of the day, we don’t want to shut down the government, we want to shut down the border.”
She also hinted that the White House could fund the wall through means other than Congress.
It is not clear what other funding sources Sanders is referring to.
On Nov. 28, Trump had told Politico that he would be willing to shut down the government if Congress did not give him the $5 billion he needed to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. At the time, he insisted that he was “firm” on this point.
As recently as Dec. 11, Trump said that he was committed to shut down the government over the wall.
“If we don’t get what we want one way or the other … I will shut down the government,” he said during a meeting at the White House with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). “I am proud to shut down the government for border security.”
Schumer spoke with reporters in November stating Democrats could possibly be convinced to approve $1.6 billion for the building of the wall, but they would not provide the full $5 billion the Trump administration needs to complete the project.
In order to avoid a government shutdown, an agreement to fund the government must be reached by Friday.