President Donald Trump is demanding $5 billion for a new border wall from the Congress, or he will shut down the government if he doesn't get the funding.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that The government faces a potential shutdown on December 7 if a funding deal is not reached.
while the Democrats' position remains at $1.6 billion for border security measures agreed to by GOP and Democratic appropriators.
Trump believes that he would win a political battle with Democrats over the issue.
"I will tell you, politically speaking, that issue is a total winner," the President said, citing recent incidents at the border that he believes have motivated support for more security. He also said the $5 billion would only be for a physical barrier and that "the number is larger for border security."
The President expressed he "was in no mood" to reach a compromise with Democrats on a large-scale immigration deal and wants to wait to form a compromise on "Dreamers" undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children until after current court challenges to the program are decided.
negotiations are underway between Republicans and Democrats on securing the funding, while the president would not give up on the $5 billion, and would resolve the matter even if it would lead to government shutdown.