Developing now, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019
TRUMP SIGNALS SUPPORT FOR BORDER SECURITY DEAL AFTER MEETING WITH SEN. SHELBY: President Trump appeared to be moving Tuesday toward approving a border security compromise after speaking with the top Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee ... The president tweeted that he had been "presented the concept and parameters" of the agreement by "hard-working" Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala.
During a Cabinet meeting earlier Tuesday, Trump said that he was "not happy" with the tentative deal, but did not say whether he would enact the measure and insisted that the administration was "using methods" to construct his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The president also wants to avert another government shutdown, despite expressing displeasure at what was agreed to by lawmakers Monday night. A committee negotiating new border security measures tentatively agreed to dedicate $1.4 billion to Trump's border wall, far less than his $5.7 billion goal. The emerging deal drops Democratic demands to seriously limit detentions of immigrants illegally in the U.S.
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