Donald Trump is willing to accept less money for his proposed border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border than the $5.7 billion he originally asked for, the White House revealed Monday. The lack of money for the wall is at least part of the reason the federal government is shut down with no end in sight.
As WABC-TV (New York City) reports, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney signaled that the 45th president is willing to take less than the $5.7 billion he's asked for. How much less, however, remains unclear. Congress has offered him $1.3 billion, and Mulvaney says the administration is hoping for more, although how much more remains unclear.
Since Saturday, December 22, the federal government has been operating without a budget, essentially forcing it to shut down. Parts of it, anyway: As WABC explains, one-fourth of the government is shut down, mostly affecting national parks and other non-essential government services, and furloughing tens of thousands of federal employees.
Congress has provided Trump with a temporary, stopgap spending measure that would keep the government functioning, at least for the next few weeks while Congress and the president hammer out their differences in reaching a permanent budget. But Trump has refused to sign the stopgap budget because it doesn't include enough money for his proposed border wall.
Trump has asked for $5.7 billion, while Congress has only offered him $1.3 billion.