Sarah Sanders, the White House Press Secretary, challenged Democrats on Monday saying that they will “get virtually nothing” if Trump solves the border wall battle by declaring a national emergency. She also said that President Trump has “perfectly set” the table for a long term agreement.
“If they don’t come back with a deal, that means Democrats get virtually nothing. That will make the president, and force him, to have to take executive action that does not give Democrats the things that they want,” Sanders said in her first press briefing of the New Year.
She also noted: “So this is a perfect time and the table has been perfectly set by the president in order for a good deal to come together where everybody gets a little something they’re looking for.”
Sanders refused to rule out another government shutdown in three weeks when the funding legislation that Trump signed runs out. She said that federal workers who have had trouble making ends meet because of missed paychecks should call their Member of Congress and complain.
“The president doesn’t want to go through another shutdown, that’s not the goal,” she told reporters.
Trump seemed to be moving toward a national emergency, as he repeatedly referred to “alternatives” if Democrats do not provide him with the $5.7 billion he’s demanded for his border wall.
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Sunday morning that Trump is willing to shut down the government again in three weeks in order to secure the border.
“Yeah I think he actually is. Keep in mind he’s willing to do whatever it takes to secure the border. He does take this very seriously,” Mulvaney said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
Mulvaney said, “He doesn’t want to shut the government down. Let’s make that very clear. He doesn’t want to declare national emergency. What he wants to do is fix this the way things are supposed to get fixed with our government, which is through legislation.”