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

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President Donald Trump’s most vocal allies are already railing against a tentative deal a bipartisan group of lawmakers struck on Monday night.
The deal would reportedly allocate just $1.375 billion towards the border wall — a far cry from the $5.7 billion Trump has demanded.
The deal would also require that the wall be built using only “existing technologies,” meaning no concrete wall or use of Trump’s border-wall prototypes would be allowed.
“Any Republican that supports this garbage compromise — you will have to explain,” Fox News host Sean Hannity said Monday.

President Donald Trump’s strongest supporters on his hardline immigration stance are already railing against a tentative border deal that lawmakers reached late Monday night, as another potential government shutdown looms just days away.

A group of 17 lawmakers from the House and Senate struck a tentative agreement to provide $1.375 billion for 55 miles of steel bollard-style fencing at the US-Mexico border, multiple outlets reported. It would also fund only 40,520 detention beds maintained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement — a 17% drop from the amount currently filled.

Read more: The tentative deal to avoid a 2nd shutdown would give Trump less than 25% of the money he wants for the wall

But the wall funding was a far cry from the $5.7 billion that Trump had demanded, and the agreement stipulated that only “existing technologies” be used for the barrier — meaning no use of concrete or Trump’s border-wall prototypes will be permitted, according to Bloomberg News reporter Sahil Kapur‏.

“1.3 billion? That’s not a — not even a wall. A barrier?” Fox News host Sean Hannity, one of Trump’s top confidants, said on his show Monday night.

He continued: “Any Republican that supports this garbage compromise — you will have to explain. Look at this crowd, look at the country, look at CBS News. Even they say 72% of the American people want the heroin to stop, the cartels to stop, the gang members to stop, and those that wish us ill.”

‘Hardly a serious attempt’

If the deal falls apart, or it Trump chooses not to approve it by Friday night, the government will run out of funding and trigger another shutdown just three weeks after the longest government shutdown in US history.

But that hasn’t deterred some Republican lawmakers, who blasted the deal on Monday night and Tuesday morning. Rep. Andy Biggs, an Arizona Republican, slammed the tentative agreement as a “bipartisan failure.”

In a statement Tuesday morning, Biggs urged Trump instead to use executive powers to build the wall, and went after the committee for slightly lowering restrictions on ICE detention beds, arguing that the measure would prevent agents from deporting “criminally violent illegal aliens.”

Pathetic. Lawmakers reach ‘agreement in principle’ in border security talks, with $1.3B for barrier

— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) February 12, 2019

“The American people should be outraged when they learn about the border security provisions of this deal,” he said. “Instead of listening to Border Patrol experts, conferees decided …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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