A bipartisan deal was created in Congress on Monday night in an effort to fend off another partial government shutdown, but White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders explained why the president is holding off on a definitive answer whether or not he’ll sign.
Sharing with reporters outside of the White House on Wednesday, Sanders said it’s still unclear if President Donald Trump will sign the deal or not, as he weighs all options on border security — even as several outlets have noted the president intends to sign it into law.
The agreement “in principle” would contain only $1.375 billion, compared to the $5.7 billion the president desires for the construction of a physical barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border.
On Tuesday, President Trump expressed he wasn’t too “happy” or “thrilled” about the agreement, saying he was “extremely unhappy with what the Democrats have given us.”
The White House press secretary said they are looking to see what the final agreement looks like before making a decision while slamming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in the process.
“Unlike Nancy Pelosi, we actually like to read legislation before we agree to it,” Sanders said, according to a White House pool report, reiterating the president “isn’t fully happy” about the agreement.
WATCH: "..One thing that you can be sure of is at the end of the day, the president is going to build the wall," WH @PressSec Sarah Sanders says when asked if Pres. Trump will sign the border security deal agreed upon by congressional negotiators https://t.co/WSgNpEfesr pic.twitter.com/wVWuc80JWZ
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) February 13, 2019
“At the end of the day the president is going to build the wall,” she said.
Whether or not there will be another shutdown
With only two days before the expiry of the short-term funding bill — the president made it clear on Tuesday he wants to avoid another shutdown but will put it on the heads of Democrats if it does happen — Sanders reiterated, “If it happens again it will be because the Democrats completely failed to do their job.”
On the president’s remark about being “proud” of the prior shutdown, Sanders said it allowed Americans to “have a better understanding of the true crisis, the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border.”
“It’s a matter of national security. It’s a matter of protecting people in this country,” she said.
As for weighing all of his options to obtain his long-promised border wall, Trump is keeping his options on the table and will “make a determination of what is necessary” based on the final bipartisan agreement.