Trump hinted in a tweet on Tuesday that the White House managed to allocate enough money for the much-anticipated fencing on the US border with Mexico "from other sources".
….Will be getting almost $23 BILLION for Border Security. Regardless of Wall money, it is being built as we speak!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 12 February 2019
Earlier on Tuesday, Shelby said lawmakers had reached an agreement on border security funding that would avert another federal government shutdown.
The most recent shutdown, which lasted more than a month — from December to January — was the longest in US history and affected more than 800,000 federal workers and contractors.
US lawmakers and Trump temporarily re-opened the federal government for a three-week period until 15 February to negotiate a deal on border security. The main point of disagreement has been the Democrats' refusal to satisfy Trump’s request for $5.7 billion to build a wall on the US border with Mexico.
Democratic leaders in the US Congress have repeatedly slammed the wall proposal as immoral while claiming there is no migration crisis.
US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has pledged to prevent the president from bypassing US lawmakers and declaring a national emergency.