Trump tells lawmakers he won’t sign deal to avert shutdown, demands funds for border security Large parts of the federal government lurched toward a shutdown Thursday after President Trump told GOP leaders he would reject a short-term deal to keep the government open unless it contained money for border security. In an emergency meeting with House Republican leaders, Trump said he would reject a measure passed in the Senate that would fund government operations through February 8 but deny Trump any new funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. “The president informed us that he will not sign the bill that came over from the Senate last evening because of his legitimate concerns for border security,” House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said at a news conference after the meeting. House Republicans now will attempt to add an amendment to the Senate measure that adds $5 billion — the amount Trump has demanded — for the construction of a border wall and other security measures, as well as additional funding to deal with recent natural disasters. I hope he doesn't cave.