White House: Trump will move forward on wall ‘with or without’ Dems

The White House maintained Friday night that President Trump will “move forward” with plans to build a border wall “with or without the Democrats” if no funding is offered before a deadline next month.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued the warning Friday night on Twitter while defending Trump amid backlash from conservatives over his decision to reopen the government without securing funding for a border wall.

“In 21 days President @realDonaldTrump is moving forward building the wall with or without the Democrats. The only outstanding question is whether the Democrats want something or nothing,” Sanders wrote.

Sanders posted the remark after Trump tweeted Friday night insisting that the deal he announced earlier in the day to fully reopen the federal government for three weeks “was in no way a concession.”{mosads}

The statement came just hours after Trump said he would sign a short-term funding bill to reopen the government without funds to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Both chambers of Congress easily passed the measure on Friday evening, sending it to Trump to for a signature.

The deal ends the more than monthlong government shutdown that began Dec. 22.

For weeks, Trump said he would not sign a funding measure that did not include money for a border wall.

At various points he suggested that he would declare a national emergency to circumvent Congress to build a border wall, but resisted taking such a move, which would surely prompt legal challenges.

The president indicated Friday that if lawmakers do not offer funding for a wall when the three-week measure ends on Feb. 15, another shutdown could begin or he could declare an emergency to build the wall.

“We’ll work with the Democrats and negotiate, and if we can’t do that, then we’ll do a – obviously we’ll do the emergency because that’s what it is. It’s a national emergency,” Trump told reporters in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.

Trump’s announcement that he would sign a temporary spending bill without securing money for a border wall was met with backlash from conservatives, with immigration hard-liner Ann Coulter calling him the “biggest wimp ever to serve as president.”

One of his allies, House Freedom Caucus leader Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), showed support for Trump, saying the next three weeks will show whether Congress “will do its job.”

“Compromise is important, but not required, to secure our border and protect American families,” he wrote.

Tags Donald Trump Mark Meadows

Most Popular

Load more


See all Video