President Trump on Tuesday said that he is “not happy” with the deal lawmakers have struck on border security to avoid another partial government shutdown, but will “study it.”
"I have to study it. I'm not happy about it," Trump told reporters at the White House, according to the Associated Press.
"I don't think you're going to see a shutdown," he later said.
"If you did have it, it's the Democrats' fault," Trump fired.
The top Democrats and Republicans on the House and Senate appropriations committees emerged from talks Monday night with a deal “in principle” that would provide for $1.375 billion for “physical barriers” along the border – but not a wall.
Trump during a rally Monday night after the deal had been reached said that he did not yet know the details but assured Americans, “We’re building it anyway.”
Lawmakers have to pass a bill in both the House and the Senate and have it signed by the President by midnight Friday to avoid what would be the second partial government shutdown this year.
Republicans such as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy are urging the President to sign the measure.
The President has suggested declaring a national emergency to secure the $5.7 billion he requested to build a wall along the U.S.-Southern border if Congress does not provide the funding.