Donald Trump spent the past couple weeks saying lawmakers were “wasting their time” trying to negotiate a funding deal to keep the government open, and now that they’ve found a tentative compromise, he won’t even say if he’ll sign it.
“I can’t say I’m happy. I can’t say I’m thrilled,” Trump told reporters Tuesday at the White House. “I would hope that there won’t be a shutdown. […] I am extremely unhappy with what the Democrats have given us,” he said, as if Democrats dreamed up the deal out of the blue. Later Trump said he was “adding things to it.” Yeah, that’s not how it works—a president doesn’t just sprinkle a few things in on the back end of legislating.
In fact, at his Monday night rally in El Paso to gin up anti-immigrant fear, Trump told the crowd he explicitly chose to be there in Texas instead of where the actual work of the governing was being done.
Initially, the White House declined to comment on the compromise after it was announced Monday evening. “I’m not really ready to focus on what could be in there,” spokesperson Hogan Gidley told Fox News Tuesday morning. “I would like to focus on what is actually in there, and we haven’t seen that yet.”