Mick Mulvaney: Donald Trump Will 'Give Up A Concrete Wall,' Accept Steel Fence At U.S.-Mexico Border Instead

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Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney talks to reporters during a news conference about the ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government at the White House January 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. Mulvaney and White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short laid the blame for the shutdown on Senate Democrats. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

As the federal government goes through day 15 of the partial shutdown, White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney is stating that President Donald Trump has offered a compromise to Democrats on the proposed wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

While the president has repeatedly talked of a concrete wall to prevent illegal immigrants from entering the United States, Mulvaney says that Trump has offered "to take a concrete wall off the table."

Mulvaney's comments will air during Sunday's Meet The Press, though NBC released an early clip of the interview with Chris Todd.

"(Trump) was willing to agree, and he mentioned this at the Rose Garden press conference, to take a concrete wall off the table," Mulvaney said after Todd asked what Trump is offering to Democrats. "If that is not evidence of our willingness to solve the problem because, again, what's driving this is the president's desire to change the conditions at the border. If he has to give up a concrete wall and replace it with a steel fence so that Democrats can say 'hey, he's not putting up a wall anymore' that should help us move in the right direction."

Trump met with Congressional leaders on Friday to discuss re-opening the government, though little was reportedly accomplished in the meeting.

Afterward, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters that the president had threatened to keep the shutdown going for "months or even years."

Vice President Mike Pence, along with Mulvaney, also met with Schumer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, among others, on Saturday with Trump tweeting "not much headway" was made. Another meeting is scheduled for tomorrow.

V.P. Mike Pence and team just left the White House. Briefed me on their meeting with the Schumer/Pelosi representatives. Not much headway made today. Second meeting set for tomorrow. After so many decades, must finally and permanently fix the problems on the Southern Border!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2019

After Saturday's meeting, Pelosi issued a statement to say that Democrats will attempt to reopen the government next week. The Speaker of the House also called Trump's demands for the wall "reckless."

On Friday, Trump said he could declare a national emergency in order to build the wall should the Democrats not give him the $5.6 billion needed for its construction.

"We can call a national emergency because of the security of our country, absolutely. We can do it. I haven't done it, I may do it. I may do it, but we can call a national emergency and build it quickly, it's another way of doing it," the president said during a press conference.