The latest on Trump, border wall and the government shutdown

House Speaker Paul Ryan emerged from a meeting with President Trump and House Republicans to say that the president refuses to sign a stopgap funding bill as it's currently written.
2:20 | 12/21/18

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Transcript for The latest on Trump, border wall and the government shutdown
it appears there could very well be a government shutdown after all. Just days before Christmas. And the president is now saying he will not sign a spending bill without money for his border wall. ABC's Mary Bruce on the hill with new reporting tonight. Reporter: Just when it seemed president trump was preparing to sign a bill that would keep the government running, but would not fund his border wall, tonight, a dramatic about-face. We need the wall. The Democrats know it. Everybody knows it. Reporter: It came after a conservative revolt. Outrage that the president might be backing down from his signature promise. This turnaround that looks like he just caved. Not funding the wall is going to go down as one of the worst, worst things to have happened to this administration. It looks like a lot of people's worst fears may be realized. Reporter: It seemed the president was listening, summoning house speaker Paul Ryan and top Republicans to the white house. The president informed us that he will not sign the bill that came over from the senate last evening because of his legitimate concerns for border security. Reporter: Back on capitol hill, the president's move sending his own party into a tailspin. House Republicans now scrambling to vote on a short-term fix to keep the government open and provide $5 billion for the president's wall. What happens when that vote fails? Right now, it doesn't seem you have the support. What happens if this vote fails? That sounds like a negative attitude. Well, do you have the votes? Reporter: Democrats already call it a no-go. In terms of wall funding, that's a nonstarter. I think they know that. Reporter: The big question tonight, will the president shut down the government over his wall? Which he's isn't even calling a wall anymore. I give them a little bit of an out, steel slats. We don't use the word wall necessarily, but it Haas to be something special to do the job. Steel slats. Let's get to Mary Bruce, live on the hill tonight. The government set to shut down now at midnight tomorrow. Right now, the president doesn't appear to have the votes to get funding for his border wall, though, right? Reporter: Yeah, David. Bottom line, any attempt to fund the president's wall as a part of a deal to keep the government running does not have enough support to pass in the senate. The ball will then be back in the president's court. Ultimately, if there is a shutdown, it will likely be the president's decision, and David, he has said he's willing to take the blame. And we have to remember, it affects millions of Americans and workers who don't know what's going to happen, just before Christmas here.

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