WATCH: Republican Senators Discuss Border Wall Security Funding Deal

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Published on 12 Feb 2019, 19:37
President Trump said Tuesday he is “not happy” with the tentative deal congressional negotiators have worked out on border security, as they face a Friday deadline to avert a second government shutdown.

But while the president expressed his displeasure at what was agreed to by lawmakers on Monday night, he added that he does not believe there will be another shutdown in the end.

“Am I happy at first glance?” Trump said. “The answer is no. I’m not happy.”

A committee negotiating new border security measures tentatively agreed Monday night 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.

The agreement also calls for 55 miles of metal slats or other types of new fencing, as opposed to a concrete wall. The fencing would be built in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. The pact includes money for other border security measures, including advanced screening at border entry points and customs officers.

The huge funding measure, which combines seven spending bills into one, would fund several federal agencies through Sept. 30.