Tuesday afternoon, President Trump announced parameters in a border deal that will give him access to $23 billion in border security funding.
“Was just presented the concept and parameters of the Border Security Deal by hard working Senator Richard Shelby. Looking over all aspects knowing that this will be hooked up with lots of money from other sources…” Trump tweeted.
“….Will be getting almost $23 BILLION for Border Security. Regardless of Wall money, it is being built as we speak!”
Per DailyCaller, the president did not say specifically where he would be able to drum up $23 billion for border security, but Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney argued Sunday that “there are certain funds of money that [Trump] can get to without declaring a national emergency and other funds that he can only get to after declaring a national emergency.”
The president warned during the negotiation process that he would be open to declaring a national emergency and using unmarked Department of Defense (DOD) funds to build the wall if a deal wasn’t reached by the Feb. 15 deadline.
Some supporters of the President cheered the news.
President Trump on Tuesday appeared to express openness to a border security deal reached by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, suggesting that its funds could be combined with others to build his desired wall along the southern border.
“Looking over all aspects knowing that this will be hooked up with lots of money from other sources,” Trump tweeted. “Will be getting almost $23 BILLION for Border Security. Regardless of Wall money, it is being built as we speak!”
Trump’s latest comments on the arrangement came after he and Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), the chairman of the Appropriations Committee, reviewed the particulars of the deal.
The proposal would provide $1.375 billion in funding for roughly 55 miles of new barriers along the southern border, well short of the $5.7 billion Trump demanded late last year when he triggered a partial government shutdown that lasted 35 days.
Shelby told reporters that he explained to the president that the agreement contained nearly $23 billion in total funding. The senator added that he did not ask Trump if he would sign the bill, calling the question “premature.”“The president’s tone and conversation was very good. Concerned that he didn’t get everything he wanted, and I told him I shared that. We all do. But realizing after I talked with him … that he’s getting a good downpayment,” Shelby told reporters about Trump’s reaction to the agreement.