Trump’s promise of getting Mexico to pay for the border wall hasn’t materialized yet. Which is why he’s trying to do all he can to get the wall funded…

Trump’s supporters want that wall.

They want it bad enough there have even been talks of starting a GoFundMe where concerned citizens can donate to help build the wall.

At the end of last week, it didn’t seem like that GoFundMe would be necessary as Trump promised he’d be willing to see a government shutdown in order to get the $5 billion he asked for to fund the wall.

And with a faceoff between Trump Dems who didn’t want to give Trump the money and Trump himself seeming all but inevitable…

It’s a surprise Trump actually walked back his comments about the government shut down.

Trump Decides There Are Other Ways To Get the $5 Billion

After Trump and Pelosi squared off in the Oval Office last week about the possibility of shutting down a quarter of the government over funding the wall it looked like the future was well known.

But then Trump blinked.

“On Tuesday, the White House backed away from the brink, with press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying the administration wants to avoid a shutdown and that there are “other ways to get to that $5 billion.”

The White House is asking federal agencies to see if there is already money that can be put toward the border wall, although it’s unclear how this would work. Still, the plan might give Trump enough cover to backtrack and sign a spending bill that doesn’t give him the full $5 billion.

“There’s certainly a number of different funding sources that we’ve identified that we can use, that we can couple with the money that would be given through congressional appropriations, that would help us get to that $5 billion that the president needs in order to protect our borders.”

Democrats Won’t Budge on Budget

The reason Trump can’t get anywhere on this issue is the Dems refuse to budge on the budget for the wall.

Spending negotiations are underway in Capitol Hill, and the Democrats won’t give a penny more than the $1.3 billion they said they’d allow to go towards fencing and building the wall.

Mitch McConell and the Republicans who want to fund Trump’s wall have asked for $1.6 billion for “fencing” and an additional $1 billion for general  border security that could not be used for a wall.

Fortunately, if the government does shut down (even though it looks like it may not), there is a prospect of keeping operational functions still funded,

This is thanks to Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) who serves as Appropriations Committee Chairman. Shelby is drafting a continuing resolution to make sure the government stays open through the month of February, so that the issue of funding the wall is addressed early next year.

On top of that, the funding of the wall is still looking promising because even though a deadline to prevent a government shutdown is bearing down on us, at least the two sides are willing to work together on the project.

As of Tuesday evening, the president told reporters “it’s too early to say” whether the shutdown can be avoided.