President Donald Trump said Sunday that he would be willing to accept a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border that is made out of steel rather than concrete.
“[Democrats] don’t like concrete, so we’ll give them steel. Steel is fine. Steel is actually more expensive than concrete, but it will look beautiful and it’s actually strong. It’s actually stronger,” Trump said at Camp David.
A two-page letter that the Office of Management and Budget sent congressional leaders on Sunday still asked for $5.7 billion for the wall, but this time described it as a 234-mile “steel barrier” along the southern U.S. border, reported The Washington Post, which obtained a copy of the letter. The letter also requested “an additional $800 million to address urgent humanitarian needs” and aid unaccompanied migrant children arriving at the border, according to the Post.
The president’s statement came as the partial government shutdown dragged into its third week over his demand for more than $5 billion to build a border wall he repeatedly promised Mexico would pay for. Democrats have opposed funding a wall they have called “immoral” and impractical ― but the wall’s material has not been their sticking point.
A spokesperson for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the president’s statement.