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Trump will reportedly sign border deal, hints at getting more wall money

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President Donald Trump will reportedly sign the bipartisan border security deal aimed at avoiding another government shutdown, but is hinting that he will use presidential powers to find other ways to secure the money to fund his desired border wall.

Trump told reporters on Tuesday that he was “unhappy” with the deal that was negotiated between lawmakers from both parties, which would give him $1.375 billion for his border wall — less than 25% of the $5.7 billion demand that triggered the record 35-day partial government shutdown that ended in January.

President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in El Paso, Texas on, Monday.
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Two sources who have spoken directly to the president about the deal told CNN on Wednesday that Trump intends to sign the deal to avoid a second shutdown. Both parties are eager to avoid a second closure, which left more than 800,000 federal workers out of work or working without pay and posed risks to Americans’ safety.

Congress must pass this new bill and Trump must sign it before midnight on Friday to avoid another shutdown, as government funding would run out at 12.01 a.m. on Saturday.

Fears had grown that Trump would reject the bill as some of his staunchest allies have criticized it.

Read more: Trump’s staunchest allies are already bashing the ‘garbage’ bipartisan border deal that could stave off another government shutdown

Trump tweeted on Tuesday that he would manage to secure $23 billion for border security “from other sources” — suggesting that he would be open to signing the bill while also using presidential powers to secure additional funding.

But top Republicans told INSIDER that Trump could sign the bill and still decide to declare a national emergency in order to secure the funding he wants — something he has previously threatened to do.

Trump could also sign this bill while passing an executive order to use additional federal money not approved by Congress to build the wall — a move the White House is preparing to take, according to Politico, which noted that such a step would almost surely be met with court challenges.

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