President Donald Trump says he will not bend in his demand for a wall along the US border with Mexico but notes that steel could be used instead of concrete to build the barrier as a potential compromise with Democrats who are refusing to fund it.
Trump made the remarks on Sunday at the start of the third week of a partial government shutdown that has forced nearly 800,000 federal employees to either work without pay or go on unpaid leave.
“This is a very important battle to win from the standpoint of safety, number one, (and) defining our country and who we are,” Trump told reporters at the White House.
“The barrier, or the wall, can be of steel instead of concrete, if that helps people. It may be better,” he said.
Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s acting chief of staff, said the option would allow Democrats to continue refusing to fund the wall.
“That should help us move in the right direction,” Mulvaney told NBC’s “Meet the…