WASHINGTON — White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday that President Donald Trump is not seeking a government shutdown, but would welcome a fight with Democrats over one.
“The president isn’t looking for this, but if the Democrat party is going to continue to threaten a shutdown because they won’t include responsible immigration reforms, including fixing MS-13 loopholes and other issues, then the president welcomes that fight,” Sanders said.
Referencing the three-day shutdown that occurred last month, Sanders added: “It’s a fight we won last time and it’s one we’re very confident we’ll win again.”
Sanders’ comments came shortly after President Donald Trump said that he would “love” a shutdown if the White House’s immigration goals aren’t met by Congress.
“If we have to shut it down because the Democrats don’t want safety … let’s shut it down,” Trump said during a roundtable meeting on MS-13.
Federal funding is set to expire on Feb. 8 without Congressional action.
Democrats are pushing for a plan to address Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, while the White House has said any consideration on that front must also include enhanced border security, ending the visa lottery program and limiting family-based immigration.