Priebus: I believe the government will stay open

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said ahead of a shutdown deadline that he expects the government will stay open.

"I believe it will," Priebus said early Sunday on NBC's "Meet The Press" when asked whether he thinks the government will avoid a shutdown.

Priebus said there has already been progress made "in regard to getting money for border security."

"So I'm pretty confident we're going to get something that's satisfactory to the president," he said when asked if President Trump will veto the government funding bill if there is no down payment on his proposed border wall.


"It'll be enough in the negotiation for us to move forward with either the construction or the planning or — enough for us to move forward through the end of September to get going on the border wall and border security."

Priebus was also asked during the interview whether the administration would support the funding bill if money isn't designated specifically for the border wall, but instead for border security.

"I think that as long as the president's priorities are adequately reflected ... and allows us to get moving with an increase in military spending and a rebuilding of our military," he said.

"And there's enough as far as flexibility for the border wall and border security, I think we'll be OK with that."

During the interview, Priebus also said the president is fulfilling his promises at "breakneck speed."

He also blasted Democrats for what he called "historical, unbelievable obstruction" when asked about administration vacancies.

A spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerLouisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Government shutdown fears increase as leaders dig in McConnell signals Senate GOP will oppose combined debt ceiling-funding bill MORE (D-N.Y.) later said numbers and facts “completely refute Mr. Priebus’ ridiculous claim” on confirmations.

“Because of the White House’s glacial pace, there are hundreds and hundreds of Senate confirmable positions without any pending nominee from the administration, and just 7 pending nominees before the Senate,” Matt House said in a statement. “Once again, instead of pointing fingers of blame, the administration ought to roll up their sleeves and send qualified nominees to the Senate.

“This is yet another example of why the first 100 days haven’t been successful for the President,” he added.

--Jordan Fabian contributed to this report, which was updated at 12:27 p.m.