Trump doubtful over border deal, says another shutdown 'certainly an option'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness, ballots and battling opioids: Why the Universal Postal Union benefits the US Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth MORE during an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Sunday said that he is doubtful Congress can come to a deal over border wall funding, claiming that another government shutdown is "certainly an option" once the three-week funding bill comes to an end.

Trump expressed skepticism that a group of 17 lawmakers assembled to agree on a deal could achieve a bipartisan resolution.

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“I personally think it’s less than 50-50, but you have a lot of very good people on that board," Trump told the Journal.

Trump during the interview said that another shutdown is "certainly an option," days after he signed a continuing resolution temporarily ending the longest partial government shutdown in U.S. history on day 35. 

Trump said he is doubtful that he would accept a deal that does not include the $5.7 billion in border wall funding that he has demanded, which Democrats have refused.

“I doubt it,” Trump said when asked whether he would accept a deal without the more than $5 billion. “I have to do it right.”

Trump also said he doubts he would accept a deal that traded the border wall funding in exchange for citizenship for a group of immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children, known as Dreamers.

A group of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle has been tasked with hammering out a deal that addresses the polarizing issues of immigration and border security. The group of 17 lawmakers is led by House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyCongress set to ignore Trump's wall request in stopgap measure Overnight Defense: Trump says Taliban talks 'dead' after canceled Camp David meeting | North Korea offers to restart nuke talks this month | Trump denies role in Air Force crew staying at his resort McConnell: Short-term spending bill needed to avoid shutdown MORE (D-N.Y.) and will meet for the first time this week. 

“I’m going to remain optimistic," Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoThis week: House jump-starts effort to prevent shutdown Congress set to ignore Trump's wall request in stopgap measure America is in desperate need of infrastructure investment: Senate highway bill a step in the right direction MORE (R-W.Va.), a member of the group, said on Sunday, according to the Journal. "If you look at the impetus from both sides, the shutdown was a miserable experience for everybody."

"There’s a lot that tells me we may not get there, but there’s more that’s telling me we have the urge to demonstrate we can reach a consensus or we’re signaling to the American people there’s going to be two years of this [fighting] all of the time," Capito said.

Trump has indicated he will use his emergency powers to declare a national emergency to construct a wall along the southern border if Congress does not come to an agreement over the next few weeks.