(CNN)President Donald Trump said he doubts lawmakers will reach a deal over new border wall funding that he would accept and said he will build the wall anyway with emergency powers if necessary, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.
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Trump said he thinks the chances of a new deal being reached before the government shuts down again because of lack of funding in less than three weeks are “less than 50-50,” according to the Journal. Another government shutdown is “certainly an option,” Trump said, according to the Journal.
Trump’s reported comments come days after the end of the longest government shutdown in US history, an impasse that lasted for more than a month and led to hundreds of thousands of government employees missing two paychecks as Trump demanded new funding for a southern border wall, which Democrats refused. The agreement Trump signed on Friday that temporarily reopened the government does not provide any new money for the wall.
When asked by the Journal if Trump would accept less than $5.7 billion to build the wall, Trump said, “I doubt it,” adding, “I have to do it right.”
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