(CNSNews.com) - "If there is a government shut down, the president will stay here in Washington, D.C.," said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Friday morning.
She spoke just hours after House Republicans rallied at President Trump's insistence and inserted $5.7 billion for a border wall into a bill that will fund the government through February 8.
"The president's been extremely clear if they don't get this done, then he is shutting down the government, and he said that just a few minutes ago via Twitter,” Sanders told “Fox & Friends.”
“And the president is not going to back down on this, and he is going to stand firm. Because it's so important and it's such a vital part of our democracy to make sure that we are protecting our borders and protecting the people of the country."
On Friday morning, Trump tweeted: "Shutdown today if Democrats do not vote for Border Security!" And then he urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to "use the Nuclear Option and get it done! Our Country is counting on you!"
Sanders agreed that Senate Republicans should invoke the nuclear option and pass the wall funding with just 51 votes, not the currently required 60 votes, which is the number needed to proceed to a vote.
This is such an important issue, and it's something that all of America wants to see happen," she said. "And, frankly, Americans want to be protected. The Senate has a constitutional duty and a constitutional authority to actually protect our country.
“We can't be a sovereign country if we don't have borders and we don't have protection of American citizens, and so we hope that they'll step up and do their jobs today before they go home and take vacations for Christmas.
“This is something that's so important, and we hope that they'll do whatever is necessary to get the job done," Sanders added.
She praised House Republicans for "delivering a huge victory last night." The Senate convenes at noon today, facing a midnight deadline for a partial government shutdown if lawmakers can't agree on a short-term continuing resolution.
"We'll do whatever we can do to help the process," Sanders said. "At this point, it's up to the Senate.
“One thing that I think has been missed and didn't get a lot of coverage yesterday was what we have worked out, what this administration has been able to do in conjunction with the Mexican government, and the massive and monumental moment that took place yesterday where ‘catch and release’ has ended. And it's a sad day in America when the Mexican government is doing more to protect the American people than Senate Democrats.
“I hope that they will not bethat be the case by the end of the day, ad they will work with us and work with the president and Senate Republicas to get this done and let everybody go home and let us start building the wall and let us start protecting our border.”