WSJ: Trump Skeptical that Congress Can Reach Border Deal He’d Approve
President Trump is skeptical that an acceptable deal could be reached between Republicans and Democrats to fund the border wall, according to the Wall Street Journal.
In an interview with the newspaper published yesterday, Trump said there was a “less than 50-50” chance that a deal could be reached that he would approve of and noted it was “certainly an option,” to shutdown the government again.
“I personally think it’s less than 50-50, but you have a lot of very good people on that board,” he said, referring to the group of 17 House and Senate legislators that will attempt to reach a deal before the next potential government shutdown on February 15.
When asked if he would accept less than the $5.7 billion he requested to fund the border wall, he replied, “I doubt it. I have to do it right.”
Trump also expressed that he wasn’t fond of a deal that would trade wall money for “a wider immigration haul.”
“I doubt it,” he said, when asked if he would agree to citizenship for a group of immigrants illegally brought to the U.S. as children, known as Dreamers, in exchange for border-wall funding.“That’s a separate subject to be taken up at a separate time,” said Mr. Trump, a Republican. Earlier this month, the president offered three years of temporary protections for Dreamers as part of a broader proposal, but Democrats said they wanted more permanent protections, including a path to citizenship, for those immigrants.