Trump predicts Rubio will vote for tax plan

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE predicted Thursday that Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioCommerce Department withdraws Huawei rule after Pentagon pushback: reports  Veronica Escobar to give Spanish-language response to Trump State of the Union address Senators press DHS over visa approval for Pensacola naval base shooter 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.

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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.