Trump predicts Rubio will vote for tax plan

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE predicted Thursday that Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioDemocrats ramp up warnings on Russian election meddling Davis: The Hall of Shame for GOP senators who remain silent on Donald Trump Lincoln Project expands GOP target list, winning Trump ire 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.