Trump says "we'll see what happens" about tentative deal to avoid government shutdown

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Trump says "we'll see what happens" about tentative deal to avoid government shutdown

U.S. President Donald Trump has reacted to news that lawmakers in Washington, D.C.

Have reached a tentative deal to avoid another government shutdown over border security.

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Trump says "we'll see what happens" about tentative deal to avoid government shutdown

ROUGH CUT NO REPORTER NO NARRATION U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday (February 11) reacted to news that lawmakers in Washington, D.C.

Have reached a tentative deal to avoid another government shutdown over border security.

"A lot of things have changed and we'll see what happens.

I can't go into the exact deal," said Trump to Fox News Channel's Laura Ingraham, host of 'The Ingraham Angle.

"They're talking and we'll see what happens." Trump spoke to Ingraham just before taking the stage at a rally in El Paso, Texas.

U.S. congressional negotiators on Monday reached a tentative deal to try to avert another partial government shutdown on Saturday, but congressional aides said it did not contain the $5.7 billion President Donald Trump wants for a border wall.

But it was far from clear if the Republican president would embrace the agreement.

His December demand for $5.7 billion this year to help pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border - rejected by congressional Democrats - triggered a 35-day partial government shutdown that ended last month without him getting wall funding.

A congressional aide, who asked not to be identified, said the outline of the deal included $1.37 billion for erecting new fencing along the southern border.

That is about the same amount Congress allocated last year and far below what Trump has demanded.

The aide said none of the money would be for a "wall," which Trump has been touting since he launched his campaign for president in 2016.

Democrats say the wall would be costly and ineffective.

Two other congressional sources said only currently deployed designs could be used for constructing 55 miles (90 km) of additional barriers.

Those designs, which include "steel bollard" fencing, have been in use since before Trump became president.

Shortly after the deal was reached in the U.S. Capitol, Trump held a rally in the border city of El Paso, Texas, to argue for the wall he says can protect Americans from violent criminals, drugs and a "tremendous onslaught" of migrant caravans.

Beto O'Rourke, the former Democratic congressman from Texas considering a 2020 White House run, held a counter-rally just 200 yards away and accused Trump of stoking "false fear" about immigrants and telling "lies" about O'Rourke's hometown of El Paso.

Trump took aim at the turnout for O'Rourke's rally, saying "Very few people showed up to his rally and this place is packed with thousands and thousands outside and I guess he challenged us to an event so maybe this means he's going to have to drop out of the race." Under Monday's agreement, which must be fleshed out by congressional staff experts, Democrats gave up on a demand they floated on Friday night to lower the cap on immigrant detention beds in the interior of the United States.

On Monday Trump said limiting the number of detention beds would mean, "You don't detain people that are very dangerous, that means you have to put them out into our society because our laws are so bad.

And if you look at what happened and what's been passed over the years in Congress, it's a shame, it's a disgrace.

That means we can't just put them back into Mexico or where they came, we have to put them back into our society and in some case they're stone-cold criminals.

We can't do that," said Trump.

Democrats had complained the Trump administration was increasing detention capacity as a way of speeding up deportations of illegal immigrants, some of whom were seeking asylum under U.S. law.

But an overall cap - on borders and in the interior - would remain at 40,520 beds.

The aide said that despite that cap, the number had actually grown to 49,057 and that under the deal, it would be brought down to the legal cap.

But one of the other aides said the deal would give Trump the flexibility to increase the number to 52,000 if necessary.

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