GOP rep doesn’t expect a literal border wall

GOP rep doesn’t expect a literal border wall
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Rep. Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.) says he does not expect President Trump to build a wall along the entire U.S.-Mexico border.

“I don’t think anyone expects to see a 2,000-mile, 15-foot brick wall,” he told SILive.com Wednesday.

Donovan added that he favors increasing America’s border security, noting there are “a variety of methods of doing that," citing electrical fencing, drone patrols and electronic surveillance as examples.

“My position on the wall has always been that we have to rely on our national security advisers,” he said.

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Tuesday that Trump would sign a spending bill to keep the government funded this week, even if it's lacking funds for a border wall.

“Yeah, because the bill, at least the offer that we received from the Democrats the last couple days, included a good bit of money for security,” he said on CNN.

Mulvaney said the bill would fund the federal government through September, adding it includes money for border security.

“[It allows Trump] to follow through on his promise to make that border more secure,” he said.

The agreement comes ahead of this Friday’s midnight deadline for funding the government before it potentially shuts down.

Mulvaney added that Trump’s administration has no intention “to back down” from the president’s pledge to build a border wall.

Trump repeatedly promised during his 2016 election campaign to build a wall along America’s southern border and make Mexico pay for it.

Donovan is not the first Republican to downplay the idea, with Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonTrump spars with GOP lawmakers on steel tariffs Overnight Regulation: Trump unveils budget | Sharp cuts proposed for EPA, HHS | Trump aims to speed environmental reviews | Officials propose repealing most of methane leak rule Trump budget seeks savings through ObamaCare repeal MORE (R-Wis.) calling it “a metaphor for securing the border” earlier this month.