White House Director of Strategic Communications Mercedes Schlapp said Monday that President Trump has set the table for congressional negotiations on border security.

Trump signed a bill last week that will keep the government funded up until Feb 15, and also ended the longest partial government shutdown in history.

The possibility for another government shutter looms as lawmakers have until that date to reach an agreement Trump approves of regarding border security and his long-promised border wall.

"The president has perfectly set the table now for the negotiations with Congress ... and also, he has perfectly set the table for other options as well if we need to look into other options in order to fund the border," Schlapp said on America's Newsroom.


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Those additional options, Schlapp added, include the potential for Trump to declare a national emergency to secure his desired $5.7 billion to fund a border wall.

She also said that the White House is working with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to set a date for Trump's State of the Union address.

The annual address was originally scheduled to be delivered Jan. 29, however, Pelosi (D-Calif.) called on Trump to delay it amid the partial government shutdown.

Pelosi later said that once the government re-opened a new date would be discussed, and sources told Fox News that Feb. 5 is being floated as a possibility.

"We have a great story to tell and the president is looking forward to addressing the American people," Schlapp said.

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