The White House said today that it wants to avoid a closure of the government Administration due to lack of funds and said it will look for other ways to finance the wall on the border with Mexico, if Congress decides not to include funds for this project in the budget that must approve this week.
In an interview with the Fox network, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said there is “a different number of resources” to get the funds for the wall, although she did not specify what other means of financing the Executive is considering.
The Congress must approve before midnight on Friday a budget to keep the federal government open, and the president, Donald Trump, has demanded that this item include $ 5 billion for the wall.
Last week, Trump said he would be “proud” to paralyze the Administration if he does not get funds for the wall.
However, Sanders toned the president’s statements today and said: “Ultimately, we do not want to close the government, we want to close the border.”
The Democratic leadership in Congress has offered Trump 1,300 million dollars for border security, but opposes the use of these funds for the construction of the wall.
In the meantime, members of the Republican Party reject the idea of financing it, because they are worried about the deficit and want to cut the Administration’s expenses.
Since Trump arrived at the White House in early 2017, two closures have been registered: the first between January 20 and 22, 2018, when the Democrats conditioned the approval of the budget to a legislative solution for the “dreamers”, undocumented immigrants They arrived in the country of children.
The second occurred on February 9 last, lasted only nine hours and had as its protagonist the libertarian senator Rand Paul, who fervently opposes any increase in public spending and decided to block the approval of the budget.
The worst closure of the Administration in recent history is the one that occurred in 2013, when the Presidency of Barack Obama (2009-2017) and Democrats and Republicans took 17 days to reach an agreement to finance the Administration, which led to sharp declines in the stock market and the loss of thousands of dollars. (EFEUSA) .-