Mick Mulvaney: Government shutdown ‘still on the table’ – Washington Examiner
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney would not rule out another government shutdown as Congress approaches its deadline to reach a border security deal.
“The president has to sign a piece of legislation in order to keep the government open. He cannot sign everything they put in front of him. There will be some things that simply we couldn’t agree to,” Mulvaney said during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” “So the government shutdown is technically still on the table. We do not want it to come to that, but that option is still open to the president and will remain so.”
House and Senate negotiators are working to reach a long-term spending deal after President Trump signed legislation last month ending the five-week partial government shutdown for three weeks. Funding is due to lapse again for a slew of federal agencies Friday if they are not successful.
The president has said he would declare a national emergency to divert funds to build his southern border wall, circumventing Congress, if $5.7 billion in wall funding doesn’t make it into the final product — a demand which Democrats oppose.
Mulvaney invited congressional negotiators to Camp David this weekend for talks, but he declined to say whether Trump would sign legislation that allocated less than the $5.7 billion for a wall.
“There’s going to be a lot of different moving pieces, so I’m not in a position to say the president will absolutely sign or will not sign,” he said.