McCarthy says Dems gave into Trump on border wall

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyTrump plots post-Mueller payback Schiff says Dems to charge ahead with Trump investigations Winners and losers from Mueller's initial findings MORE (R-Calif.) on Tuesday said Democrats gave into President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos claims he was pressured to sign plea deal Tlaib asking colleagues to support impeachment investigation resolution Trump rips 'Mainstream Media': 'They truly are the Enemy of the People' MORE’s request for a wall.

“You have to remember where [Speaker] Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Dems look for traction following Barr-Mueller findings Democrats face dilemma after Mueller probe ends Raskin embraces role as constitutional scholar MORE [(D-Calif.)] was — she who said no money for a wall. That’s not the case,” he said during an appearance on CNBC. "The Democrats have now agreed to more than 55 miles of new barrier being built.”

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Congressional negotiators announced they had come to an “agreement in principle” on a government funding deal on Monday evening. The measure is expected to include $1.375 billion to build a barrier along the border, the amount included in the fiscal 2018 bill.

McCarthy cited the funding for bollard-style fencing as a win for Republicans, who have largely stood with the president’s demand for a border wall.

He also pointed to the deal’s flexibility in the number of beds at detention facilities — a sticking point for negotiators over the weekend — as a concession from Democrats.

"The Democrats changed course when they said there would be no detention beds," he continued. "They backed away on that. Now we are able to have those detention beds again. It's not as high a number as we would have liked."

It remains unclear whether President Trump will support the agreement.

Appropriators said they hope to have legislative text for the bill by Wednesday. Lawmakers have until Friday to pass a bill to avert a second government shutdown this year.