White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Tuesday that President Trump will likely back down from his border wall fight with Democrats to avoid a government shutdown, according to a report from The Washington Post. Sanders’ statement comes just four days before the deadline for Trump and Congress to reach an agreement on the funding bill. That agreement had seemed unlikely, as Democrats refused to give Trump the $5 billion in border-wall funding that he demanded. “We have other ways that we can get to that $5 billion,” Sanders said Tuesday. “At the end of the day we don’t want to shut down the government, we want to shut down the border.” Her words come after a dizzying week of mixed messaging from Republicans, the Post notes: In a tumultuous press appearance last week, Trump told Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi that he’d be “proud” to shut down the government over border funding, a statement that other members of his party publicly refuted.
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