Mulvaney: Government shutdown on the table

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Mulvaney warned on “Fox News Sunday” that “a government shutdown is technically still on the table.”

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He reiterated the warning on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” telling host Chuck Todd that “you absolutely cannot” rule out another shutdown because the president will not sign on to law a deal he finds unacceptable.

“Let's say for sake of this discussion that the Democrats prevail and the hardcore left-wing Democrats prevail,” Mulvaney said, noting that one Democratic lawmaker proposed on Twitter over the weekend that Congress shouldn’t appropriate any money for the Department of Justice.

“Let's say that the hardcore left wing of the Democrat party prevails this negotiation and they put a bill on the president’s desk with, say, zero money for the wall or $800 million, some absurdly low number. How does he sign that? He cannot in good faith sign that,” he added.

Funding for about 25 percent of the federal department will expire after Feb. 15.

Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are at loggerheads over Trump’s request to provide $5.7 billion in funding for a border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Mulvaney said on NBC that he didn’t know whether a deal is possible and noted that there is now a lull in the talks.

“I honestly don't know because it depends on who you listen to, and in fact, I think what we're seeing now in these negotiations, and again, the White House, at the request of all the parties on the Hill, have sort of stepped back,” Mulvaney said when asked how close negotiators are to a deal.

He also blamed divisions among Democrats for the lack of progress, arguing that it has made it difficult to pin down their negotiating position.

“It’s all over the map, and I think it’s all over the map because of the Democrats are all over the map,” he said, pointing to ideological differences between liberals represented by Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Sanders most searched, most tweeted about candidate during Democratic debate MORE (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez: Trump would 'never' say to her face some of the shots he takes at her on Twitter Ocasio-Cortez suggests a Bloomberg presidency would pave the way for 'a worse Trump' Twitter falling short on pledge to verify primary candidates MORE (D-N.Y.) and more moderate Democrats, such as Sens. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterDemocratic senator: 'The ultimate of ironies' for Trump to hit Romney for invoking his faith Committee on Veterans Affairs sends important message during tense Senate time Democrats cry foul over Schiff backlash MORE (D-Mont.), a negotiator, and Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsDemocratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe Graham warned Pentagon chief about consequences of Africa policy: report Democrats fear rule of law crumbling under Trump MORE (D-Del.), a moderate.