While the president has repeatedly talked of a concrete wall to prevent illegal immigrants from entering the United States, Mulvaney says that Trump has offered “to take a concrete wall off the table.”
Mulvaney’s comments will air during Sunday’s Meet The Press, though NBC released an early clip of the interview with Chris Todd.
“(Trump) was willing to agree, and he mentioned this at the Rose Garden press conference, to take a concrete wall off the table,” Mulvaney said after Todd asked what Trump is offering to Democrats. “If that is not evidence of our willingness to solve the problem because, again, what’s driving this is the president’s desire to change the conditions at the border. If he has to give up a concrete wall and replace it with a steel fence so that Democrats can say ‘hey, he’s not putting up a wall anymore’ that should help us move in the right direction.”
Trump met with Congressional leaders on Friday to discuss re-opening the government, though little was reportedly accomplished in the meeting.
Afterward, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters that the president had threatened to keep the shutdown going for “months or even years.”
Vice President Mike Pence, along with Mulvaney, also met with Schumer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, among others, on Saturday with Trump tweeting “not much headway” was made. Another meeting is scheduled for tomorrow.