(Tea Party PAC) – On Tuesday, President weighed in on the border security deal that members of Congress struck Monday night.
He has yet to say if he will sign it or not.
“I have to study it. I’m not happy about it. It’s not doing the trick,” Trump said during a White House cabinet meeting when asked if he planned on signing the new deal.
It is being reported that the compromise funding bill would only allocate $1.375 billion for a 55-mile long physical barrier structure on the border and would cap the level of detention beds for ICE.
Trump said he will be having additional meetings on this new proposal, suggesting he was at the very least pleased that negotiations were moving forward.
“Am I happy at first glance, I just got to see it?” he said. “The answer is no, I’m not. I’m not happy. But am I happy with where we’re going? I’m thrilled.”
Trump also hinted he still may use “additional methods” to get the wall built, referencing funds available elsewhere that could be used.
He did, however, state he does not expect another shutdown.
“I don’t think you’re going to see a shutdown,” he said. “If you did have it, it’s the Democrat’s fault … We certainly don’t want to see a shutdown.”
Trump and Congress have until February 15th to strike a deal or the government will shut down yet again.
“It’s always nice to negotiate right?” the President said to reporters.
The President still has the option to declare a national emergency on the border, which would give him a path to fund a border wall without Congress’ approval.
President Donald J. Trump responds on negotiations reaching a border deal to avert another government shutdown. “I have to study it. I’m not happy about it. It’s not doing the trick.” But Trump also told reporters a government shutdown is unlikely at the end of the week, even if a funding agreement isn't fully satisfactory.http://cnn.it/2E5QXJg
Posted by CNN on Tuesday, February 12, 2019