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

Sen. John CornynJohn Cornyn Embattled senators fill coffers ahead of 2020 Trump struggles to reshape Fed Congress opens door to fraught immigration talks MORE (R-Texas) said Tuesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Trump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking Tripoli Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction 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 RoundsGOP gets used to saying 'no' to Trump On The Money: Wells Fargo CEO steps down | Trump vows to keep funding for Special Olympics | House panel approves marijuana banking bill | Controversial Fed pick gains support in Senate Controversial Fed pick gains support in GOP Senate 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 Shelby20 Dems demand no more money for ICE agents, Trump wall Conservatives urge Trump to stick with Moore for Fed Poll: Roy Moore leading Alabama GOP field 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.