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Shutdown Breakthrough? Sanders Drops a Big Hint

'We have other ways that we can get to that $5 billion,' she says of border wall money
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2018 11:05 AM CST
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders talks to reporters during a press briefing at the White House on Nov. 27, 2018.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – Maybe there won't be a government shutdown after all. With the Friday deadline looming, White House press chief Sarah Sanders signaled a compromise on the key issue—President Trump's demand for money to build a border wall. "We have other ways that we can get to that $5 billion," she told Fox News, per the AP. "At the end of the day, we don't want to shut down the government, we want to shut down the border," she said. Her comments follow the president's warning that he would be "proud" to shut down the government over the issue.

Trump has demanded $5 billion for the project, and Democrats have rebuffed his request repeatedly, reports the Hill. "There are certainly a number of different funding sources that we've identified that we can use, that we can couple with money that would be given through congressional appropriations," said Sanders, as quoted by the Washington Post. She said the White House was negotiating with leaders from both parties in the House and Senate over the details. (Read more government shutdown stories.)

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