The White House is continuing to negotiate with congressional Democrats over funding for the government, and a shutdown after Friday is not likely, President Donald Trump’s budget director said Sunday.
Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," Mick Mulvaney, the Office of Management and Budget director, downplayed concerns that Trump might demand funding for the proposed border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
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Asked whether Trump will sign a government funding bill that does not include funding for border security, Mulvaney said: “We don’t know yet. We are asking for our priorities and, importantly, we are offering to give Democrats some of their priorities as well.”
He scolded Democrats for obstructionism by saying that in 2006, Democratic Sens. Barack Obama and Chuck Schumer (now the Senate minority leader) voted for border security funding.
“We’re trying to get a border wall to protect millions of low-income Americans,” Mulvaney said, but added: “We’ll negotiate with the Democrats. The negotiations are not finished yet. We think we have given them a reasonable set of choices that they want in exchange for what we want.”
“I don’t think anybody foresees or expects or wants a shutdown at the end of next week,” he said.