In a private meeting Monday, Trump informed around 20 reporters that he would be willing to compromise in order to avoid a government shutdown, according to the Associated Press.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) called the president’s shift “good for the country.”
“Now the bipartisan and bicameral negotiators can continue working on the outstanding issues,” Schumer added, according to NBC News.
If the spending bill is passed, it would keep the government running until September 30, the closing date for the 2017 federal fiscal year. However, if enough Democrats do not agree to the deal by midnight Saturday, parts of the government will shut down, unless some other compromise is worked out.
Federal lawmakers returned Monday from a two-week recess, as a pair of Trump’s tweets urged Democrats to approve funding for a border wall, one of his major campaign promises, albeit to be paid for by Mexico.
“The wall is a very important tool in stopping drugs from pouring into our country and poisoning our youth (and many others)! If…the wall is not built, which it will be, the drug situation will NEVER be fixed the way it should be,” Trump tweeted Monday…