Trump On Border Deal: “I Can’t Say I’m Thrilled”

President Trump said he is "not happy" about the bipartisan deal to fund border security and avert another shutdown.

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he is "not happy" about a bipartisan deal to fund border security and keep the government from a second shutdown, telling reporters that the deal "doesn't do the trick."

"But I'm adding things to it," Trump said. "And when you add whatever I have to add—it's all gonna happen, where we're gonna build a beautiful, big, strong wall that's not gonna let criminals and traffickers and drug dealers and drugs into our country."

The president went on to say that his administration has already begun work on the wall, pointing to a section on the Rio Grande where existing fence is being replaced.

The structure being built is "beautiful-looking", Trump said, unlike the previous fencing, which the president said was "so unattractive and so ugly that walls got bad names."

Lawmakers said on Monday they had reached an "agreement in principle" that would deliver only part of Trump's demand on funding for his border wall.

The president might sign off on the deal, but the White House has also indicated that Trump is still considering using his national emergency powers or other executive action to make up the difference, if he fails to obtain the full $5.7 billion he has requested.

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