President Donald Trump’s chief of staff on Sunday expressed confidence Congress will move forward with paying for construction of a wall along the Mexican border as part of a deal to keep the government open after Friday.
Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Reince Priebus said the White House has already seen progress in getting cash for border security in legislation that Congress needs to pass by next weekend. There are increasing concerns that Trump might allow the government to shut down if funding for a wall is not included in the government spending package. But the White House is downplaying that possibility while accusing Democrats of obstructing funding for a wall.
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“I’m pretty confident we’re going to get something that is satisfactory to the president in regard to border security within current negotiations,” Priebus said.
“We expect a massive increase in military spending. We expect money for border security in this bill. And it ought to be. Because the president won overwhelmingly. And everyone understands the border wall was part of it.”
But Democrats showed little sign that they are eager to compromise with Trump and endorse funding for a wall. Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said he hopes the president “will back off” wall funding in the spending deal.
Shutting down the government over the wall, “would be the height of irresponsibility,” Durbin said.
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