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12 February 2019, 15:37 GMT / Updated on 12 February 2019, 17:49 GMT
By Dartunorro Clark, Allan Smith and Hallie Jackson
President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he is "extremely unhappy" with the two-fold deal of lawmakers who have been reached to close a government that is delivering money for a southern border fence this week, but he has sworn to build a boundary wall.
"I am extremely unhappy with what the Democrats have given us," Trump told reporters at the White House. "It is sad, they do not support the country, they do our country very badly, but we certainly do not want to see a shutdown."
Trump added that he is considering all options to finance his proposed boundary wall. A White House official told Good King News earlier Tuesday that even if Trump settles the agreement reached Monday night to keep the government open, other options were on the table to build a bigger barrier.
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, tweeted Tuesday that Trump had to take "executive steps" to secure the border.
Trump also said on Tuesday that he did not believe that a new government would be closed on Friday, which would be due to the longest federal shutdown in American history. But "if you had it, it's the Democrats' fault," he said.
"And I accepted the first and I'm proud of what we've achieved because people have learned all about the problems coming in from the southern border during that shutdown," Trump added. "I accept it – I've always accepted it, but this one, I would never accept it if it happens, but I do not think it'll happen, but this would be all Democrats."
The deal agreed by Democrats in Congress, however, includes billions of priorities for the Ministry of Homeland Security, such as new technology and more customs officials, as well as the border barrier.
Senator leader of minorities Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., told the Senate floor on Tuesday that the government spending agreement was "a path forward for our country," and added, "I strongly urge President Trump to make this agreement. sign."
Trump did not indicate on Tuesday whether he would sign the spending measure.
The government is Friday again without money, after 35 days partially out of service. That closure occurred because the legislator had not provided Trump with his demand for financing of $ 5.7 billion for a boundary wall. But Trump finally agreed and signed a short-term financing package that expires in days.
On the weekend, acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney of the White House said that the administration would secure the border in one way or another.
"We will take as much money as you can give us," he said on "Fox News Sunday," referring to Congress, "and then somewhere else we will find the money legal to secure that southern barrier."
Mulvaney added Sunday to Good King News's "Meet the Press" that, regardless of what money lawmakers offer, Trump "will do what it can legally to secure that limit".
On Monday evening, a twofold group of negotiators in Congress announced that they had reached an "agreement in principle" to avert a new shutdown and further fund the border security, although it would not be money for a concrete wall.
The deal would generate nearly $ 1.4 billion for new boundary lines, including steel battens and other "existing technologies", and an additional $ 1.7 billion for other Homeland Security priorities, such as new technology and more customs personnel. , told several sources to Good King News. The deal funds around 55 miles of the new border barrier, and the Democrats dropped a requirement to cap the number of beds for undocumented immigrants deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Rep. Nita Lowey, DN.Y., president of the House Appropriations Committee, told MSNBC & # 39; s "Morning Joe" Tuesday morning that the two-party group has put together a deal that we think is fair, that represents our values and will get the job done clear. "
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Named the agreement "good news" on Tuesday morning in the Senate.
"I look forward to reviewing the full text as soon as possible and I hope the senate can act quickly in this legislation," McConnell said.
But some of Trump's allies were apoplectic about the agreement.
"$ 1.3 billion? That's not … even a wall, a barrier," said Sean Hannity, host of Fox News, on Monday's program, asking how a Republican this garbage compromise & # 39; could support.
Conservative pundit Ann Coulter criticized Trump on Twitter for what she claimed was his reluctance to fight for a wall.
"Trump talks a good game on the boundary wall, but it is becoming increasingly clear that he is afraid to fight for it", Coulter wrote on Tuesday. "Call this his & # 39; Yellow New Deal. & # 39;"