Pence backs 'no wall no deal' amid partial government shutdown

Vice President Pence on Thursday night backed President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills MORE's position demanding $5.6 billion in border wall funding, telling Fox News's Tucker Carlson, "No wall, no deal." 

Trump's request for border wall funding triggered the partial government shutdown, which began on Dec. 22 and is set to hit the two-week mark on Friday. Democrats have so far declined to offer more than an extension for 2018 border security funds that included $1.3 billion for fencing.


"What we completely focused on is keeping the president’s promise to build a wall, to pass legislation that provides other support for border security," Pence said on "Tucker Carlson Tonight." 

Carlson pressed Pence over one proposed concession that would give Dreamers, or recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a pathway to citizenship in exchange for any increase in border security funding.

"There are a lot of people talking about a lot of different ideas," Pence said, expressing some openness to the idea. "The better part of a year ago, the president expressed a willingness to deal with the issue of Dreamers in a compassionate way for people who were brought here as children for no fault of their own." 

"He’s discussed that, it’s being talked about," Pence said.  

He went on to say that he and Trump have been engaged in "good-faith negotiations" with the Democrats, but he has not felt that they are reciprocating.

"We’re here to make a deal but it’s a deal that’s gonna result in achieving real gains on border security and you have no border security without a wall," Pence said. "We’ll have no deal without a wall." 

He added that there has been "no discussion of amnesty related to this."

Pence's comments came on the same day that saw some Republicans publicly call for Congress to end the government shutdown, which has forced around 800,000 federal workers to work without pay or expecting to be furloughed. 

The vice president's interview aired within hours of Democrats, who now control the House, forcing votes on spending bills that would end the government shutdown. The bills do not include funding for a border wall and Trump has threatened to veto them.

Newly-elected Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House House Republican attempts to appeal fine for bypassing metal detector outside chamber MORE (D-Calif.) earlier in the day repeated that there would be "no wall" in a deal that ends the shutdown.