Donald Trump Thinks Avoiding Another Government Shutdown Isn't Likely: 'I Personally Think It Is Less Than 50-50'

President Donald Trump said Sunday that he believes it is unlikely the U.S. will be able to avoid another government shutdown over his long promised U.S.-Mexico border wall.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Trump said he doubted Congress would be able to come to a deal over his demand for $5.7 billion in funding for the construction of his border wall by February 15, when a three-week measure to keep the government running runs out.

"I personally think it's less than 50-50," Trump said, of the chances that the 17 lawmakers assembled to work on a deal will be able to strike an agreement that works for both sides.

The U.S. leader said he was doubtful that he would accept any deal that does not include the billion of dollars he has demanded in funding for his border wall and stressed that another government shutdown is "certainly an option" if a bipartisan solution cannot be reached.

Trump made the threat despite already facing a wave of backlash from Democrats and Republicans alike over the recent 35-day government shutdown, which the U.S. leader triggered on December 22 after refusing to sign a stopgap measure to keep the government funded because it did not include funding for his border wall.

The president ended the shutdown on Friday, after signing a funding bill to reopen shuttered parts of the government until mid-February.

Until then, the 17-strong group of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle will be racing to come to an agreement that addresses the Trump administration's border security concerns, while also contending with Democrats' refusal to provide the border wall funding he has demanded.

Senior Democrats have been unwavering in their refusal to provide Trump with the $5.7 billion he has demanded, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) asserting on Friday that while Democrats are "committed to border security" they have "better ideas" on how to carry it out.

"We asked the president to open up government so we would have time to have debate on the best way to protect our border," Pelosi said at an enrollment ceremony for legislation to re-open government. "Democrats are committed to border security and we think we have some better ideas about how to do so, that protects our borders, honor our values and are cost-effective."

The president has suggested that he would be willing to use a trump card, however, by declaring a national emergency over immigration in order to construct his long promised border wall if Congress does not come to an agreement that satisfies him over the next few weeks.

Speaking to the Journal, Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, who is a member of the group tasked with coming to an agreement on border security, said that she hopes lawmakers can strike a deal before then and avoid another "miserable" situation.

I'm going to remain optimistic," she said Sunday. "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.

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President Donald Trump makes a statement announcing that a deal has been reached to reopen the government through February 15 during an event in the Rose Garden of the White House, January 25, in Washington, D.C. The U.S. leader has said since then that another shutdown could lie ahead if Congress does not agree to give him the funding he has demanded for the construction of his long promised border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty
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