Republicans 'showing flexibility' to end government shutdown: White House official

A White House official said the administration is "making progress."

— -- The White House's legislative affairs director said Republicans have been "showing flexibility" in their attempts to strike a deal with Democrats on immigration issues in order to reopen the government.

Asked if Republicans and Democrats are close to coming to an agreement to resume funding the government, Short said, "I think we are making progress."

When Stephanopoulos asked why Trump wasn’t meeting with congressional leaders at the White House on Saturday, Short said the president met with a “bipartisan, bicameral group of members that were to discuss exactly these issues.”

In politics, a week is a “lifetime ago,” Stephanopoulos responded.

Short said, "George, what we’re facing right now is Democrats taking an absolutely implausible position that says, 'We’re going to deny funding to 2 million troops who are serving our country, tens of thousands of Border Patrol agents trying to protect our country' ... That is an impossible place from which to negotiate."