Epoch Times: Congressional negotiators reached a tentative deal to avoid a shutdown, providing only a quarter of what the White House demanded for the wall funding.
WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump said on Feb. 12 that he was “extremely unhappy” with the tentative deal reached by congressional negotiators. However, he ruled out the possibility of another government shutdown.
“I’m extremely unhappy with what the Democrats have given us. It’s sad,” he told reporters at a cabinet meeting. “They’re doing the country no favors. They’re hurting our country very badly. But we certainly don’t want to see a shutdown.”
Congressional negotiators reached on Feb. 11 an agreement to prevent a government shutdown and finance construction of new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Republicans tentatively agreed to less money for the border wall than the White House’s $5.7 billion wish list, settling for a figure of nearly $1.4 billion, according to congressional aides. The funding measure is through the fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30.
Trump said the White House was also adding its input to the agreement.
“Am I happy at first glance? I just got to see it. The answer is no,” Trump continued. However, he said he was thrilled with the progress already being made on a wall.
“I’m thrilled because we’re supplementing things and moving things around and we’re doing things that are fantastic, taking from far less important areas and the bottom line is we’re building a lot of wall,” he said. “You think it’s easy? We’re building it in the face of tremendous obstruction and tremendous opposition from a small group of people.”
The agreement means 55 miles of new fencing—constructed through existing designs such as metal slats instead of a concrete wall—but less than the 215 miles the White House demanded in December. The fencing would be built in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. It closely mirrors Trump’s original budget request from last winter.
When asked about the possibility of declaring a national emergency to fully fund the wall, Trump said he was considering all options.
“I’m considering everything. We already have national emergencies out there. President Obama, President Clinton, President Bush, they’ve declared many national [emergencies]—this is not unique,” he said. keep reading