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President Trump planning to sign border security deal to avert second shutdown


President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in El Paso, Texas, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (Susan Walsh / AP)

President Trump is reportedly poised to sign a border security deal without the funds he demanded for his wall in order to dodge another government shutdown.

Two sources confirmed to CNN the President is slated to sign the agreement which provides $1.35 billion for the construction of 55 miles of border barrier between the United States and Mexico. The figure is a significant amount less than the $1.6 billion included in Senate package he rejected last year and $4.5 billion shy of his previously requested $5.7 billion.

Trump during a cabinet meeting at the White House on Tuesday blasted the agreement reached by a bipartisan conference committee but expressed concern over shuttering the government for the second time this year.

“Am I happy a at first glance? I just got to see it,” he said. “The answer is no, I’m not. I’m not happy.”

Then he added: “I don’t think you’re going to see a shutdown. I wouldn’t want to go to it, no.”

In order to avoid a second shutdown, Congress must agree to pass the deal and Trump must sign it by midnight Friday.