>> President Donald Trump on Monday making it clear he expects Congress to fund his signature border wall even if it means raising the threat of a government shut down this weekend. Congress has until midnight Friday to reach a budget deal before federal money runs out, paralyzing government services and idling thousands of workers.
Democrats say they won't go along with any bill that funds the wall. But White House press secretary Sean Spicer digging in on the wall Monday during his daily press briefing, saying Trump believes it's absolutely necessary even though illegal border crossings this year have declined.>> You can't just because you have a couple good months in a year, I think you wanna make sure that you take prudent long term steps.
I mean, so the President is gonna fulfill, and frankly, it's a promise that he made to the American people.>> Mexico's gonna pay for it?>> That's right.>> Trump, eager to score a legislative win as he nears the 100 day mark of his presidency. The White House insists it continues negotiating with Congress to get the 60 Senate votes needed to pass legislation to keep the government functioning.
But Democrats have said they'd rather live with this shut down, rather than cast their votes for the wall, confident Trump would ultimately take the blame. Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer blasting the project as a pointless waste of taxpayer money. Trump tweeted over the weekend he'd still push Mexico to cough up the estimated $20 billion needed to build the wall.
Republicans have said they're open to allocating seed money to get it going, looking for a reimbursement from the nation's southern neighbor down the road. But Mexican leaders continue to say they won't pay.