White House warns shutdown could carry on. It doesn’t occur to them to make the good choice: forget the stupid wall and reopen the government.
“We’re trying to figure out what the best of the bad choices are,” said a Republican close to the White House. “And the best of the bad right now is to keep fighting this fight, but to refocus the messaging onto our playing field.”
White House officials are warning congressional Republicans not to expect an immediate end to the government shutdown even if President Donald Trump declares a national emergency at the southern border. The warning came during Trump’s Thursday visit to the southern U.S. border, according to three sources with knowledge of those conversations.