McConnell: Trump should sign funding deal

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDems ready aggressive response to Trump emergency order, as GOP splinters Green New Deal Resolution invites big picture governing ‘Contingency’ spending in 3B budget deal comes under fire MORE (R-Ky.) said Tuesday he hopes President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE will sign a deal struck this week to prevent a second government shutdown. 

"I have recommended that if it becomes what we think it is, I do recommend he sign it," McConnell told reporters. "I think he's got a pretty good deal here."

McConnell's comments come as Trump is publicly waffling over whether he will support the deal.

The president criticized the tentative agreement during a Cabinet meeting earlier Tuesday, saying he's "not happy about it. It’s not doing the trick." But he also suggested he could move ahead on building his long-desired border wall and said he hoped the government would not partially shut down.

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The agreement in principle reached on Monday night would fund roughly a quarter of the government for the remainder of the 2019 fiscal year and provides $1.375 billion for physical barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border. 

"I think he's done just fine. I hope he'll conclude that because he's got to sign the bill," McConnell said Tuesday about Trump. "I'm hoping that he will sign this agreement." 

McConnell's public urging for Trump to back the agreement is a break with some other Republicans, who are worried about getting out ahead of the president on the wall fight.

The current funding runs out starting Saturday unless a new deal is passed.

Trump caught lawmakers flat-footed late last year when he said he would not support a continuing resolution to keep portions of the government open into 2019 because it didn't include more than $5 billion in funding for a border wall.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyCongress allows Violence Against Women Act to lapse Mandatory E-Verify: The other border wall Bret Stephens: Would love to see Hannity react when Dem declares climate change emergency MORE (R-Calif.) has not yet commented on the current funding deal and told reporters late last week that he wanted to know what Trump thinks before lawmakers vote on a potential agreement.