Government Shutdown Avoided as Trump Gets Scraps For Wall [VIDEO]

Lawmakers line up behind bipartisan border deal to avert shutdown, as Trump signals he may sign it. The threat of another government shutdown receded Tuesday as lawmakers lined up behind a fragile border security compromise and President Trump predicted that federal agencies would stay open.

The threat of another government shutdown receded Tuesday as lawmakers lined up behind a fragile border security compromise and President Trump predicted that federal agencies would stay open.

Trump did not publicly endorse the bipartisan agreement, which offers just a fraction of the money heโ€™s sought for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. But with a shutdown deadline looming Friday at midnight, the president suggested he might be able to accept the deal, saying he could take other steps to fund his wall.

โ€œAm I happy at first glance? The answer is no, Iโ€™m not, Iโ€™m not happy,โ€ Trump told reporters around midday at the White House, as he met with Cabinet members.

โ€œItโ€™s not going to do the trick, but Iโ€™m adding things to it, and when you add whatever I have to add, itโ€™s all going to happen where weโ€™re going to build a beautiful, big, strong wall,โ€ Trump said.

Hours later, after speaking on the phone with Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), Trump offered a more positive take. He praised Shelby in a tweet as โ€œhard working,โ€ welcomed increased border security spending in the deal apart from the wall and wrote, โ€œRegardless of Wall money, it is being built as we speak!โ€ (It’s not).