By Michael Bowman and Ken Bredemeier
VOA News
February 12, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is not pleased with the agreement lawmakers reached for limited new barrier construction along the U.S.-Mexican border, but that he does not foresee another partial government shutdown over the dispute.

"I can't say I'm happy. I can't say I'm thrilled," Trump told a Cabinet meeting at the White House. "It's not doing the trick."

Yet the U.S. leader suggested he would sign legislation that includes $1.375 billion to build 88 kilometers of new fencing at the border, about a quarter of the $5.7 billion he wanted for a wall.

The move would avert another partial government shutdown three weeks after a record 35-day closure was ended last month. Funding for about a quarter of government operations runs out again at Friday midnight, including for the Homeland Security agency that patrols the border.

"We probably have some good news, but who knows," he said. "We need the wall and it has to be built and we want to build it fast."……

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