Vice President Mike Pence is defending the 35-day government shutdown ahead of a possible round two.
Pence was asked whether it was a mistake for President Trump to shut down the government in an attempt to obtain border wall funding, only to re-open the government without having done so, during a Wednesday appearance on CBS This Morning. "I never think it's a mistake to stand up for what you believe in," Pence responded.
The vice president went on to say that the administration only agreed to re-open the government for three weeks because they were told Democrats "were willing to work with us" and "we've taken them at their word." Should a funding agreement not be reached by Feb. 15, the government will shut down yet again, and Pence couldn't promise that this won't happen.
"I think our hope is that there's not [another shutdown] but I can't make that guarantee," he said. Watch Pence's comments below. Brendan Morrow
Do you think the shutdown was a mistake? - @JeffGlor
"I never think it's a mistake... to stand up for what you believe in and I think what the American people admire most about this president is he says what he means and he means what he says in a very real sense." -@VP Pence pic.twitter.com/x9MHuVQ9Hn
Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes and White House leaks.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders knows this to be true, telling reporters Tuesday that she "can't guarantee anything" when it comes to the next tape that former senior adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman will inevitably release.
Manigault Newman has alleged that President Trump has said the N-word on tape, and gave CBS News a recording of Trump campaign officials allegedly discussing the existence of such a tape to corroborate her claim. Trump himself took to Twitter to insist that "there are NO TAPES" of him using "such a terrible and disgusting word."
Sanders couldn't make things quite so clear, leaving some room for the possibility that more recordings will emerge. She said she had "never heard him use that term or anything similar," but when asked whether she could "guarantee the American people they'll never hear Donald Trump utter the N-word on a recording in any context," she replied, "I can't guarantee anything," and could only say that if people in the administration thought Trump was racist, they "wouldn't be here." Sanders added that she "hasn't been in every room" to know for certain whether tapes exist.
Instead, Sanders pointed to policies that have reduced the unemployment rate among African-Americans, claiming against evidence that Trump has already tripled the accomplishments of former President Barack Obama. Watch the moment below, via Fox News. Summer Meza