Sarah Sanders signals White House might accept less than $5 billion for border wall

December 18, 2018

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested Tuesday that President Trump may accept less than $5 billion for the border wall.

During an interview with Fox News, Mrs. Sanders said the White House has “other ways that we can get to that $5 billion.”

She explained that they would be willing to work with Congress to pass a bill that would give $26 billion for border security, including a $1.6 billion allocation for the wall.

“That’s something that we would be able to support as long as we can couple that with other funding resources to get to the $5 billion,” she said.

Mr. Trump has repeatedly threatened to shut down the government if Democrats withheld the figure he wants for his border wall.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer have refused to spend more and said the president doesn’t have the votes in either chamber to push his choice legislation.

The government will partially shut down on Friday if Congress doesn’t pass a spending bill this week before leaving for the holidays.

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