Another partial government shutdown later this week “absolutely cannot” be ruled out, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Sunday.
Mulvaney, who also serves as director of the Office of Management and Budget, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that congressional talks to keep the government open are “all over the map, and I think it’s all over the map because of the Democrats.”
It remains unclear whether Trump will accept whatever solution comes out of Congress. He has been threatening for months to declare a “national emergency” and divert money from other programs to build hundreds of miles of wall along the Mexican border if Congress does not appropriate $5.7 billion for the project.
Mulvaney on Sunday broached the prospect of Trump moving ahead with wall construction without resorting to the national emergency route. “There are pots of money where presidents, all presidents, have access to without a national emergency” declaration, he said.