Acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyIvanka Trump claims president had ‘zero’ involvement in security clearances for her, Jared Kushner White House begins search for person who leaked president’s schedule: report On The Money: Negotiators discussing border funding lower than Trump’s demand | Amazon reconsiders HQ2 move to New York City | Early IRS numbers point to smaller average refunds MORE on Sunday warned that another partial government shutdown is possible if congressional negotiators fail to reach a border security deal that President TrumpDonald John TrumpRob Lowe mocks Warren over Native American ancestry claims Obama health official blasts Trump’s physical exam: ‘No doctor can predict someone’s future health’ Trump makes Native American joke about Warren campaign announcement: ‘See you on the campaign TRAIL’ MORE finds acceptable by week’s end.
He reiterated the warning on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” telling host Chuck Todd that “you absolutely cannot” rule out another shutdown because the president will not sign into law a deal he finds unacceptable.
“Let’s say for sake of this discussion that the Democrats prevail and the hardcore leftwing Democrats prevail,” Mulvaney said, noting that on Democratic lawmaker proposed on Twitter over the weekend that Congress shouldn’t appropriate any money for the Department of Justice.
“Let’s say that the hardcore left wing of the Democrat party prevails this negotiation and they put a bill on the president’s desk with, say, zero money for the wall or $800 million, some absurdly low number. How does he sign that? He cannot in good faith sign that,” he added.
Funding for about 25 percent of the federal department will expire after Feb. 15.
Mulvaney said on NBC that he didn’t know whether a deal is possible and noted that there is now a lull in the talks.
“I honestly don’t know because it depends on who you listen to, and in fact, I think what we’re seeing now in these negotiations, and again, the White House, at the request of all the parties on the Hill, have sort of stepped back,” Mulvaney said when asked how close negotiators are to a deal.
He also blamed divisions among Democrats for the lack of progress, arguing that it has made it difficult to pin down their negotiating position.
“It’s all over the map, and I think it’s all over the map because of the Democrats are all over the map,” he said, pointing to ideological differences between liberals represented by Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersTrump divides Democrats with warning of creeping socialism Warren launches White House bid with call for ‘structural change’ Let’s examine factors that might be favorable for Dems in 2020 MORE (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTrump divides Democrats with warning of creeping socialism Ocasio-Cortez forced to clarify Green New Deal details after rollout Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accepts Chrissy Teigen’s invitation to Grammy-watching pizza party MORE (D-N.Y.) and more moderate Democrats, such as Sens. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterTrump divides Democrats with warning of creeping socialism On The Money: Lawmakers closing in on border deal | Dems build case for Trump tax returns | Trump, Xi won’t meet before trade deadline | Waters in talks with Mnuchin for testimony Lawmakers say they’re closing in on border deal to prevent shutdown MORE (D-Mont.), a negotiator, and Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsLive coverage: Trump delivers State of the Union Actor Chris Evans meets with Democratic senators before State of the Union Lawmakers push to award Congressional Gold Medal to activist who fought internment in WWII MORE (D-Del.), a moderate.