WASHINGTON — With the threat of a partial government shutdown looming, President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he hopes to inspect the bipartisan border agreement for any deal-breakers before signing it.
“We’ll be getting it. We’ll be looking for landmines, because you could have that,” Trump told reporters during an unrelated meeting with Colombian President Iván Duque Márquez in the Oval Office. “It’s been known to happen before to people.”
A bicameral committee on border security put forward a deal on Monday that would bolster border security and thwart a government shutdown.
Under the deal, Republicans would secure $1.3 billion for a physical barrier or wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The money would be used to build about 55 miles of barricades in the Rio Grande Valley. In return, Democrats would obtain an agreement to limit the number of beds for detainees held at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities to about 45,000.
If Trump fails to back the deal, funding for 25 percent of the government will likely lapse on Friday, leading to a partial government shutdown.
Prior to the last partial government shutdown, which lasted for 35 days and ended on Jan. 25, Trump appeared ready to sign a continuing resolution that would have prevented it.
He announced his opposition just ahead of the deadline, but ultimately supported a 21- day stopgap measure last month.
Trump said Wednesday that he does not want to see a shutdown take place, saying it “would be a terrible thing.”