Lawmakers appear to be embracing a deal that would avoid another government shutdown.
However, the deal would not fully fund the president’s border wall.
“I don’t think we’ll see a government shutdown…”
But President Trump says he’s not happy with a border security bill backed by a bi-partisan group of lawmakers.
“It’s not doing the trick but I’m adding things to it.”
The president had demanded five billion dollars for a border wall, but under the agreement reached Monday, Congress said it’ll spend $1.3 billion for 55 miles of a border barrier.
Senate leaders from both parties are encouraging President Trump to support the deal.
“Please MR. PRESIDENT, SIGN THIS BILL.”
“If it becomes what we think is, I do recommend he sign it.”
Lawmakers say the deal does include an additional $1.7 billion for the Department of Homeland Security.
And while that money wouldn’t go towards a wall, it would allow DHS to better secure current border checkpoints.
Lawmakers have until Friday night to pass a funding bill to avert a shutdown.
And the president says no matter what lawmakers decided, he’s not done fighting for the wall.
“It’s all going to happen, where were going to build a big beautiful wall.”
He says he could still declare an emergency on the border and order the military to begin building the wall.
(This story was originally published on February 12, 2019)