As lawmakers face a looming deadline to formulate a working deal on border security or risk a second partial government shutdown this year, Vice President Mike Pence suggested that the previous shutdown was not a mistake. In an interview with CBS News’ Jeff Glor on Wednesday, Pence said, “I never think it’s a mistake to stand up for what you believe in,” saying that President Trump has stood firm in his determination to get necessary funding to build his long-promised wall along the southern border.
“He said he was determined to get the funding, to build a wall and secure our border and he was willing to take a stand to accomplish that,” Pence said in the interview on “CBS This Morning.”
Pence’s comments come one day after Mr. Trump addressed a joint session of Congress for his second State of the Union address where he implored lawmakers to continue negotiations and hash out a compromise on border security. A bipartisan group of lawmakers have until Friday to formulate a deal or face the possibility of another shutdown a week later. While Mr. Trump did not address the shutdown in his remarks, Pence on Wednesday told Glor that he couldn’t “guarantee” that the government wouldn’t shut down again.