GOP senator: Trump thinks funding deal is 'thin gruel'

Sen. John CornynJohn CornynGiffords, Demand Justice to pressure GOP senators to reject Trump judicial pick Push to investigate Bidens sets up potential for Senate turf war Pressure grows on House GOP leaders to hold line ahead of impeachment trial MORE (R-Texas) said Tuesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments MORE indicated during their flight back from Texas that he viewed the deal to avert a government shutdown as "thin gruel."

"My impression flying back from El Paso last night was he thinks it's pretty thin gruel," Cornyn said, referring to Trump's view of the tentative agreement that would prevent a second funding lapse scheduled to start Saturday.

Cornyn added that Trump didn't specifically use the words "thin gruel," but that he was characterizing his interpretation from their time together after a campaign rally where Trump touted his plan to build the U.S.-Mexico border wall.


"I think the president is considering his options. I don't think we're headed toward another shutdown," Cornyn added.

A group of four negotiators announced Monday night that they had an agreement "in principle" that would fund roughly a quarter of the federal government and provide $1.375 billion for physical barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Several Republicans, including Cornyn, suggested on Tuesday that they had not yet seen final details of the agreement and wanted to hear from the White House. Sen. Mike RoundsMarion (Mike) Michael RoundsSenate confirms eight Trump court picks in three days Senate approves stopgap bill to prevent shutdown Hillicon Valley: Facebook launches 'News Tab' | Senate passes bill to take on 'deepfakes' | Schumer outlines vision for electric cars MORE (R-S.D.) said Republicans had been given a one-page top line summary of the deal.

Trump hasn't yet said if he will support the funding agreement. Republicans have tried to stick closely to Trump publicly on the wall fight after he caught Capitol Hill off guard last year when he refused to sign a continuing resolution that didn't include his demand for billions of dollars in border wall funding.

Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyOn The Money: Congress races to beat deadline on shutdown | Trump asks Supreme Court to shield financial records from House Democrats | House passes bill to explicitly ban insider trading Congress races to beat deadline on shutdown The Hill's Morning Report - Dem impeachment report highlights phone records MORE (R-Ala.), who helped craft the deal, said Tuesday that he didn't know if Trump would sign, but hoped that he would.

"Only indication we have is the staff … was working with us all along. That doesn't meant the president will sign it or not sign it. But I would think if we pass it in the House and the Senate by a good margin, the president will sign that. But I don't know. I can't speak for the president," he said.

Trump didn't say Tuesday if he would sign or veto the spending legislation if it reaches his desk, but said he wasn't "thrilled" with the deal.

“I can’t say I’m happy. I can’t say I’m thrilled,” Trump told reporters during a Cabinet meeting.