Sarah Sanders during the White House press briefing on January 17. Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday that President Trump "isn't looking for" a shutdown, despite the president saying about an hour earlier that he'd "love to see" one. "The only people that have caused a shutdown are the Democrats," said Sanders.

Why it matters: The government runs out of money at midnight Thursday if Congress fails to pass a funding bill. They could pass another short-term bill, extending their time to hash out their differences, but Sanders said Trump is looking for a long-term deal.

More from the briefing:

  • Sanders said the Nunes memo "clearly vindicates" the President, reiterating Trump's Saturday comments.
  • The Democrats' rebuttal memo will "go through the exact same process" that the Republican memo went through before it's publication.
  • On Trump saying Democrats were treasonous during the State of the Union: "Democrats are going to have to make a decision on this really soon: Do they hate this president more than they love this country? I hope the answer is no."

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