Trump criticizes bipartisan deal to stave off shutdown

By Erica Werner, Sean Sullivan, Damian Paletta and John Wagner | Washington Post

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Tuesday he’s not happy with a bipartisan border deal in Congress that would avert another government shutdown set to start at the end of Friday.

“I can’t say I’m happy. I can’t say I’m thrilled,” Trump told reporters as he met with members of his Cabinet at the White House, a day after the deal was struck giving Trump a fraction of the money he’s sought for his U.S.-Mexico border wall.

At the same time, Trump said he did not think there would be another government shutdown. “If you did have it it’s the Democrats fault,” he added.

“I would hope that there won’t be a shutdown,” Trump said. “I am extremely unhappy with what the Democrats have given us.”

Trump’s comments cast doubt on the path forward for the compromise, which must pass the House and Senate and get signed into law before midnight Friday. Unless Congress and Trump act on the legislation, or take some other action, large portions of the federal government will run out of money and begin to shut down, just three weeks after the last partial government shutdown ended.

The agreement includes $1.375 billion for 55 miles of new fences along the border, short of the $5.7 billion Trump had sought for more than 200 miles of walls. It retreats from Democrats’ demands for stringent new limits on the ability of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to detain undocumented immigrants. Lawmakers pulled the deal together during hours of arduous negotiations at the Capitol on Monday, after talks had collapsed over the weekend over the new Democratic demands over how many immigrants ICE can contain.

Lawmakers said they were motivated by the desire to avoid another government shutdown, after a 35-day …read more

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