The government shutdown doesn't seem to be about the $5.6 billion the president seeks for a border wall anymore, but which political party will blink first.
Rice University political scientist Mark Jones said waiting for a funding for a border wall has become a test of wills between the president, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
"And that makes it difficult to compromise because while I think President Trump would be willing to accept three or four billion for the border wall, instead of 5.6 billion. He's not willing to accept any package that doesn't have specific funding for a border wall," said Jones. "The most likely scenario for a compromise, is that the president doesn't get all the money he wants for a wall, but he gets at least some money for a wall that's dedicated to the wall or can be spent on the wall," said Jones.
It's reported that they amount of money the president is asking for to fund a border wall is small compared to the country's federal debt.