Trump likely to sign deal to keep government open that doesn’t include wall funding – NBC News

Trump likely to sign deal to keep government open that doesn’t include wall funding – NBC News

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Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Feb. 13, 2019, 1:38 PM GMT By Leigh Ann Caldwell, Hallie Jackson, Garrett Haake and Allan Smith President Donald Trump is likely to sign a bipartisan agreement to keep the government open and avoid another partial shutdown, three people familiar with the president’s thinking tell NBC News. The two Republicans who have spoken with the president and an administration official close to the process caution that nothing is set in stone, noting that the legislative text has not been finalized and no one has seen the bill itself. That said, Trump is likely to greenlight the agreement “barring any drafting surprises or last-minute additions by Democrats, " one of the officials said. The president is also likely to take executive action to redirect federal money to boost funding levels for a border barrier past what Congress has approved, two officials said. The deal, the details of which first emerged on Monday, does not include his sought-after $5.7 billion in border wall funding, which caused Trump to shutter the government for a 35-day stretch ....

Additionally, Democrats dropped a demand to cap the number of beds for undocumented immigrants detained within the country by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Trump, at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, said he was "extremely unhappy" with the deal, vowing to build a border wall anyway. "I am extremely unhappy with what the Democrats have given us, " Trump told reporters at the White House. "It's sad. They're doing the country no favors. They're hurting our country very badly. .

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