Trump predicts Rubio will vote for tax plan

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview MORE predicted Thursday that Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio in Colombia to push for delivery of humanitarian aid to Venezuela On unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 On The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week MORE (R-Fla.) will ultimately vote for the Republican tax plan. 

"I think that Sen. Rubio will be there for sure," Trump told reporters at the White House after a speech on deregulation. 

The president called "a great guy" who has been "very supportive" of his agenda.

Trump spoke minutes after Rubio threatened to vote against the tax bill, which endangered its chances of passing before Christmas. 

Rubio has told Senate leaders he will vote against the bill unless the child tax credit is made more generous to help low-income workers who pay payroll taxes and not regular income taxes. 

Trump expressed confidence the issue would not derail the timing of the Senate vote, which is expected to take place next week. 

“It’ll be the greatest Christmas present that many people have ever received. It’ll be something special," he said.