Conway: 'We’re confident that the government will not be shut down'

Kellyanne Conway on Friday said the Trump administration is confident that Washington will avoid a government shutdown next week.

But the senior White House aide would not say whether President Trump will require taxpayer money for his long-touted border wall in the government funding bill. 

"I’m going to let OMB [Office of Management and Budget] Director Mick Mulvaney and the president and others address that, but we’re confident that the government will not be shut down next week," Conway said during an appearance on Fox News.

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The White House on Thursday said it wanted an upcoming government spending bill to include money for the wall. If the bill is not enacted by the end of April 28, the government loses most of its authority to spend money.

But Democrats deeply dislike Trump's border wall, and the spending bill could lose their support if it includes the $1.4 billion in funding for the project that the White House has demanded.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, Mulvaney said Trump deserved to have his priorities funded in the bill.

“We know there are a lot of people on the Hill, especially in the Democratic Party, who don’t like the wall, but they lost the election," he said. "And the president should, I think, at least have the opportunity to fund one of his highest priorities in the first funding bill under his administration."