Trump reiterates demand: $5B for wall or face shutdown

President Donald Trump reiterated his demand in a new interview that Congress appropriate $5 billion for a border wall, saying he would “totally be willing” to shut down the government if he doesn’t get the funding.

The government faces a potential shutdown on December 7 if a funding deal is not reached. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters on Tuesday that Democrats’ position remains at $1.6 billion for border security measures agreed to by GOP and Democratic appropriators.

Trump told Politico in an interview published Wednesday that he believes he would win a political battle with Democrats over the issue.

“I will tell you, politically speaking, that issue is a total winner,” the President said, citing recent incidents at the border that he believes have motivated support for more security. He also said the $5 billion would only be for a physical barrier and that “the number is larger for border security.”

The newspaper reported that Trump appeared “unflinchingly firm” on his desire for the $5 billion. In an interview with The Washington Post published on Tuesday evening, however,