All eyes on Trump as Congress reaches border funding agreement

 All eyes on Trump as Congress reaches border funding agreement
(Source: WBTV File)

(CBS News) - President Trump tweeted that he had reviewed a border funding agreement reached by Republicans and Democrats in Congress to avert another shutdown. An official familiar with the matter told CBS News he is “very likely” to sign the deal if it reached his desk earlier on Tuesday.

"Was just presented the concept and parameters of the Border Security Deal by hard working Senator Richard Shelby. Looking over all aspects knowing that this will be hooked up with lots of money from other sources...." Mr. Trump wrote in a tweet, adding in another tweet: "...Will be getting almost $23 BILLION for Border Security. Regardless of Wall money, it is being built as we speak!"

The agreement announced Monday night includes $1.375 billion for physical barriers, far less than the $5.7 billion for a border wall which Mr. Trump had requested.

At a meeting with his Cabinet on Tuesday, Mr. Trump expressed his displeasure with the agreement brokered by a bipartisan group of lawmakers from the House and Senate.

"I can't say I'm happy. I can't say I'm thrilled," the president told reporters earlier Tuesday in a Cabinet meeting.

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate is taking up the deal for a vote, even if he doesn't receive a promise from the president that he'll sign it. That's quite a change from McConnell's approach to resolving the last government shutdown, when McConnell held off on legislation until he knew the president would sign it.

Top lawmakers announced Monday night they have an agreement in principle over border funding, but those details have yet to be publicly released. The proposal includes $1.375 million for 55 miles of fencing along the southern border. Mr. Trump also cast doubt on a second shutdown Tuesday. "I don't think you're going to see a shutdown. If you did have it it's the Democrats fault," he said.

White House principal deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said Tuesday morning that the White House needs to see exactly what is in the agreement before commenting further. The White House has long been quiet on exactly what figure the president would accept for a border wall or barrier below the $5.7 billion the president has demanded. At a rally in El Paso Monday night, the president said he chose to head to his rally rather than listen to details of a border proposal.

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