UPDATED 10:45 AM PT – Tuesday, February 12, 2019
President Trump signaled he will consider the bipartisan agreement on border security, but said he will seek additional funding from elsewhere to build the wall.
During a cabinet meeting on Monday, the president commented that he is “not happy” about the proposal and said it’s “not doing the trick.” He then said he would be “adding things to it.”
Despite his comments, the president said he would be pulling money from other less important areas of the government for physical barriers.
He then said he doesn’t think there will be another government shutdown.
“I don’t think you are going to see a shutdown…if you did have it, it’s a Democrats fault,” explained President Trump. “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 — I accept that, I’ve always accepted it…this one I would never accept if it happens, but I don’t think its going to happen, but this would be totally on the Democrats.”
The bipartisan proposal offers more than $1.3 billion for physical barriers and increases the detention cap for ICE arrests. The president and Congress have until the end of the week to finalize the deal.