Trump: ‘Not Happy About’ $1.3B Border Security Deal; ‘Using Other Methods’ to Build the Wall

By Melanie Arter | February 12, 2019 | 3:10pm EST
President Donald Trump (Screenshot)

( – President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he’s not happy about the $1.3 billion border security compromise – which includes money for a border barrier but is below the $5.7 billion he requested – and he plans to use “other methods” in addition to the $1.3 billion to build the wall.

When asked whether he will sign the deal, Trump said, “I have to study it. I’m not happy about it. It’s not doing the trick, but I’m adding things to it, and when you add whatever I have to add, it’s all going to happen where we’re going to build a beautiful, big, strong wall that’s not going to let criminals and traffickers and drug dealers and drugs into our country.”

The president said he’s not happy with the deal at first glance, but he’s “thrilled” with “where we’re going.”

“So, I can tell you that, am I happy at first glance? I just got to see it. The answer is no, I'm not. I'm not happy, but am I happy with where we're going? I'm thrilled, because we're supplementing things and moving things around, and we're doing things that are fantastic and taking from far less -- really, from far less important areas,” he said.

As far as another shutdown, Trump said, “I don’t think you're going to see a shutdown. I wouldn’t want to go to it, no. If you did have it, it's the Democrats' fault, and I accepted the first one, and I'm proud of what we've accomplished because people learned during that shutdown all about the problems coming in from the southern border.

“I accept -- I've always accepted it, but this one I would never accept if it happens, but I don’t think it's going to happen, but this would be totally on the Democrats,” the president said.


When asked whether he might amend and send back the proposal or accept it and move forward with executive action,” Trump said, “It's always nice to negotiate a little bit, right? So, you know, whatever you get, but I would hope that there won't be a shutdown. I am extremely unhappy with what the Democrats have given us. It's sad.

“They're doing the country no favor. They are hurting our country very badly, but we certainly don’t want to see a shutdown, but you'll be hearing fairly soon,” he said. “The bottom line is -- on the wall -- we're building the wall, and we're using other methods, other than this and in addition to this. We have a lot of things going. We have a lot of money in this country, and we're using some of that money -- a small percentage of that money -- to build the wall, which we desperately need.”

When asked whether he would consider declaring a national emergency to build the wall, the president said, “I consider everything.

“I'm considering everything. You know, we already have national emergencies out there. You know, President Obama, President Clinton, President Bush -- they've declared many national -- this is not unique. They've declared many national emergencies - many, many - and you have some out there that we can use in addition to one that we can declare if we want to do it,” he said.


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