WASHINGTON D.C. – White House officials said they are confident the federal government will avert a shutdown during a press briefing on Monday.
President Trump’s plans to fund a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, while cutting spending on numerous other domestic services, threatens to stall the process, even as it involves a Republican-controlled Congress.
When asked “how committed the President is to having the border wall funded this week”, White House press secretary Sean Spicer responded, “the money for our military and our border security and wall have been part of that request and that is something that really are the President’s priorities”, with respect to the CR and keeping the government open.
“I think we feel very confident where we’re headed, and I’m not going to get ahead of the negotiations that are ongoing,” Spicer said. “Director Mulvaney has been very, very deep in those discussions and I expect there to be an announcement soon with what — but I’m not going to start to take things on and off the table with respect to what the President may or may not do.”
“Can you, from that podium, guarantee that there will not be a government shutdown?” one reporter asked Spicer.
“I can’t guarantee anything,” Spicer replied, prompting laughter in the room.