Sanders: Trump "means what he says" about months-long shutdown

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told "Fox News Sunday" that President Trump "means what he says" regarding his threats to keep the government shut down for months or even years over his request for border wall funding.

The big picture: Sanders added that congressional Democrats "agree" with Trump on the need for more border security, but "they just are unwilling to let this president win." Trump echoed that sentiment during a press gaggle outside the White House on Sunday, telling reporters, "Schumer and Nancy Pelosi and myself could solve this in 20 minutes if they want to." Congressional Democrats have offered Trump $1.3 billion in additional border security funding — not the $5.7 billion the administration wants for a wall.

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U.S. evacuates personnel as coronavirus death toll climbs

A health worker checks the temperatures of Chinese travelers arriving in Beijing from Wuhan. Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

56 people have died from an outbreak of a coronavirus strain that originated in Wuhan, China, according to the Chinese National Health Commission.

The latest: The U.S. Embassy in Beijing announced plans to evacuate its Wuhan consulate personnel and some private citizens on a limited-capacity charter flight from the city to San Francisco on Tuesday, per AP, which reports that those "at greater risk from coronavirus" would be prioritized over others.

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Biden maintains nationwide polling lead as Warren support falls

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The latest ABC News/Washington Post national poll produced by Langer Research Associates has Joe Biden maintaining his lead with Bernie Sanders claiming second.

Why it matters: Nine days before the Iowa caucuses, Elizabeth Warren’s support among polled Democrats has declined from 21% to 11% since an ABC News/WashPost poll in October.

Andrew Yang qualifies for February debates

Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

The next Democratic debate scheduled for Feb. 7 will fall after the Iowa caucuses, four days before the New Hampshire primary, ABC News reports.

The latest: Andrew Yang on Jan. 26 became the seventh Democrat to qualify for the February debate after polling above 5% in UNH/CNN's New Hampshire survey, his fourth qualifying poll.

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