The Trump administration has confirmed that the president will thwart a government shutdown by postponing funding for the border wall after congressional Democrats vowed to fight that battle to the grisly end, desperate to prevent Trump from enjoying a victory on that front.
On Tuesday, Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney told CNNâ€™s Jake Tapper that Trump will indeed sign a spending bill that does not include a border wall provision, but does include funds for enhanced border protection.
â€śYeah, I think the bill, at least the offer that we received from the Democrats in the last couple days included a good bit of money for border security,â€ť Mulvaney said. â€śThe Democrats said theyâ€™d go to the mat to shut the government down over the border wall, the bricks and mortar.â€ť
â€śBut thereâ€™s a lot of things we agree on, both parties do,â€ť he continued,â€ť on securing the border and it allows the president to follow through on his promise to make that border more secuer, stop people coming over, stop drugs coming over.â€ť
Mulvaney explained that the Trump administration can make inroads on closing gaps in the border by deploying other forms of â€śmaintenance and technologyâ€ť that do not necessarily include a wall, such as â€śgates, bridges, roads, that kind of stuff.â€ť
As for whether Trumpâ€™s campaign promise to build a physical wall is dead in the water, Mulvaney was unequivocal.
â€śWeâ€™re not backing down,â€ť he stated, noting that the upcoming budget bill only applies through the end of September, meaning that the Trump administration could revisit the border wall as early as fall of this year.
â€śWe just thought it would be a good first step to get these things that everybody agrees on and take the idea of a government shutdown off the table,â€ť Mulvaney concluded.