President Donald has expressed optimism about the bipartisan budget agreement that is set to make its way through Congress, indicating that he will sign it if it reaches his desk despite concerns from some members of the GOP that their party made too many concessions to the Democrats.
“We’re very happy with it,” Trump told Bloomberg News on Monday, “and I think it’s important that we keep moving along. I think both sides are happy.”
While Trump raised eyebrows by agreeing to wait on securing funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall in an attempt to stop the Democrats from forcing a government shutdown, he explained how the spending bill would still help to accomplish the goal of stemming illegal immigration.
“We’re getting a billion and a half for border security, which is very important to me,” Trump said, citing a figure reported earlier in the day that claimed illegal border crossings were down 73 percent since he took office.
“Some people say, ‘Oh, you’re doing so well, maybe you don’t need the wall.’ We do need the wall, for drugs. We need the wall for human trafficking, which is a problem that you should write something about at some point,” he continued, calling it an “unbelievable problem.”
When asked about a controversial provision that secures funding for Planned Parenthood, Trump noted that the bill only lasts until autumn.
“Well, you have to remember, this is all coming due again in September, October, and we’re going to have another round of discussions,” he said, suggesting that he is compromising with the Democrats in the present in order to set up his agenda a few months down the line.