Bipartisan congressional negotiators came to an agreement “in principle” on Monday night but President Donald Trump says he’s not “happy” or “thrilled” about it.
Discussing the border security deal on Tuesday, President Trump said, “I can’t say I’m happy. I can’t say I’m thrilled,” according to a White House pool report.
“I’m not happy about it,” he said. “It’s not doing the trick but I’m adding things to it.”
The lawmakers reached the agreement, which would only contain $1.375 billion in its border security package, far from the president’s desire of $5.7 billion to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The agreement comes just days before the expiry date of Friday for the short-term funding bill, as lawmakers push to avoid another shutdown.
When discussing the possibility of another shutdown, President Trump said, “I don’t think you’re going to see a shutdown,” adding, “if you did have it, it’s the Democrats fault.”
“I accepted the first one and I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished because people learned during that shutdown all about the problems coming in from the southern border. … But this one, I would never accept it if it happens, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. But this would be totally on the Democrats.”
“I would hope that there wouldn’t be a shutdown,” Trump added.
The president, though, made it known that he was “extremely unhappy with what the Democrats have given us.”
President Trump said the bottom line is: “We’re building a wall and we’re using other methods other than this and in addition to this, we have a lot of things going.”
On the possibility of declaring a national emergency, the president said he’s “considering everything.”
As President Trump reveals how unsatisfied he is about the agreement, the White House announced on Tuesday the president is undecided about the agreement which would not provide the full funding for his long-promised wall.