Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said he's "disappointed" in the tentative border security agreement hammered out by congressional negotiators, but he will understand if President Trump signs it in order to avoid another partial government shutdown.

The proposed measure, which would fund several key government agencies through Sept. 30, calls for $1.37 billion to be used for the construction of new barriers along 55 miles of the Rio Grande Valley along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The White House had demanded $5.7 billion for a border wall and raised the prospect of Trump diverting money from the federal budget to provide additional funding.

"Congress should do better," Meadows, the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said on "Fox & Friends" Wednesday.


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Meadows said Congress has had two months to come together and find a bipartisan solution on immigration and border security, but they have been unable to do so.

"I'm not optimistic -- I don't think the president is optimistic -- that Congress will help him do this. You've got a lot of Democrats who want an open borders situation on our southern border," Meadows said.

He added that if Trump signs the deal, then "so be it," but the president should supplement it with some executive action.

"He has statutes, there are laws currently on the books that allow him to do that," Meadows said. "If Congress is not going to help him, I would certainly encourage him to use those laws to actually build the wall and get it done for the American people."

Watch the "Fox & Friends" interview above.


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