The White House provided hope on Sunday that it may be willing to accept some form of compromise in the dispute over a security wall United States President Donald Trump wants to build along the southern border of the country.
The president, while speaking to reporters outside the White House, said he would be willing to consider a wall made of steel instead of the concrete wall he requested originally. He reiterated, however, he is willing to declare a national emergency if necessary to bypass Congress and build the wall.
The hint of compromise from President Trump comes at a time when many feel the shutdown of just more than two weeks can possibly last for an extended time.
White House Chief of Staff Mike Mulvaney spoke Sunday on CBS’s Meet The Press. Mulvaney explained the president’s willingness to accept a wall made of steel will still allow Democrats to maintain their political stance of refusing to fund a concrete barrier. He also expressed hopes the compromise by the president will move the situation along quickly.
Democrats have expressed belief in the past that the wall is immoral and said they will not be willing to approve the $5.6 billion needed to start the project. The Democratic party also approved a bill that would reopen the government for business without provisions to fund the wall.
Democrats expressed they may be willing to accept a deal that would fund a steel barrier. However, it is likely other concessions will be required by Democrats before a deal is finalized. One of these concessions could be protection for Dreamers. Dreamers are immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children.
A meeting between Democrats and White House officials did not go well on Saturday. Mulvaney says it is because Democrats slowed the process with excessive technical requests.
Mulvaney expresses thoughts that the situation may drag on for a while and he believes that is the plan of the Democrats.
A second round of talks, this time hosted by Vice-President Mike Pence were scheduled for Sunday afternoon. President Trump expressed little hope these talks would be more fruitful than talks the day before.
Steny Hoyer, House Majority Leader was non-committal when questioned about the impact the president’s compromise could make. He would only say the matter will be discussed.
The partial shutdown of the government began on December 22 and has affected the employment status of 800,000 federal workers.