President Donald Trump said Tuesday he has reservations about a tentative federal spending deal, but he does not think parts of the government will shut down for the second time since December.
The president did not immediately commit to signing the agreement reached late Monday to prevent a partial government closure this weekend.
“The answer is no. … I’m not happy” about the agreement, Trump said during a Cabinet meeting. However, he added, “I don’t think you’re going to see a shutdown.”
He was responding to a deal struck by Republican and Democratic lawmakers to offer nearly $1.4 billion for wall construction, as well as other border security measures.
The White House was kept “aware and involved” during the negotiations, according to Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby, who struck the deal.
“I’m not worried about anything, you know. I’m too old to worry. We’ll see what happens,” Shelby said. Asked if he’s received an assurance from Trump that the president will sign the bill, he replied: “No. I don’t have any assurance he’s going to veto it either.”
Shelby and Texas Republican Representative Kay Granger took part in closed-door negotiations with New York Democratic Representative Nita Lowey and Vermont Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy.
“It’s a compromise, which means everybody is unhappy,” said Texas GOP Senator John Cornyn.
In tweets, Trump said he is “looking over all aspects knowing that this will be hooked up with lots of money from other sources,” in an apparent reference to administration efforts to redirect money from other agencies to the wall project. He also tried to downplay the absence of $5.7 billion he demanded to build the border wall. The president claimed: “Regardless of Wall money, it is being built as we speak!”