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McConnell: Trump should sign funding deal

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell makes failed bid to adjourn Senate after hours-long delay Paul Ryan to host fundraiser for Cheney amid GOP tensions Senate Democrats near deal to reduce jobless boost to 0 MORE (R-Ky.) said Tuesday he hopes President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new tranche of endorsements DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food 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 McCarthyMcCarthy sits for 'Green Eggs and Ham' reading: I 'still like' Dr. Seuss Chamber of Commerce clarifies stance on lawmakers who voted against election certification Watch live: McCarthy holds press briefing 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.