On Tuesday, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney sat down in an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN’s “The Lead” to discuss Trump’s probable signing of a spending bill with no border wall funding.
Mulvaney claimed the spending bill will fund the federal government to September and avoid a shutdown at the end of the week. While there are no funds specifically allocated for building a border wall, the bill will include money for border security.
“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 border security,” Mulvaney commented, “we just thought that it would be a good first step to get these things that everybody agrees on and take that idea of a government shutdown off the table.”
Mulvaney asserted that President Trump doesn’t plan “to back down” on his border wall promise and the bill would at least allow Trump “to follow through on his promise to make that border more secure.”
The deadline to avoid a government shutdown is Friday at midnight. Despite working out a deal with the Democrats, Mulvaney claimed they have not heard back from Democrats in anticipation of the bill’s signing.
“We’ve not heard anything from them today,” Mulvaney said. “We thought we had a deal as of yesterday.”
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