President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he is "extremely unhappy" with the bipartisan budget deal Congress has offered to avert a government shutdown at the end of this week. Trump gave no indication of whether he intends to sign the agreement that he called "sad."
"I am extremely unhappy with what the Democrats have given us," Trump said at a media availability Tuesday. "It’s sad. 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."
REPORTER: Do you really want to go through another shutdown?
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: 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. Okay?
REPORTER: Mr. President, are you saying that you may amend and send back the proposed compromise, or that you may grudgingly accept it and then move forward with the executive action?
TRUMP: 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. 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.
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.