December 22, 2018 / 7:58 PM / 6 months ago

White House expects $5 billion allocated for border security and barriers, official says

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a bill signing ceremony for the “First Step Act” and the “Juvenile Justice Reform Act” in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s White House wants to see $5 billion (3.95 billion pounds) for border security and the construction of physical barriers in any stop-gap government funding bill passed by Congress, a senior administration official said on Saturday.

“We continue to articulate what our expectations are for Congress, which is $5 billion for border security and physical barriers,” the official told reporters on condition of anonymity.

The official said the White House hopes that the partial government shutdown that began on Saturday only lasts for a few days, but that it could last longer.

Reporting by Tim Ahmann and Humeyra Pamuk in Washington, writing by Yeganeh Torbati; Editing by James Dalgleish

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