Key GOP senator pitches Trump: Funding deal a 'down payment' on wall

Shelby said the president was "concerned" because the deal doesn't give him "everything he wanted."
"I told him I shared that, we all do. But realizing after I talked with him … that he's getting a good down payment," Shelby added, describing the president's tone on the deal.
The agreement struck on Monday night would fund roughly a quarter of the government through Sept. 30 and provide $1.375 billion for physical barriers along the border. Shelby added that the agreement would provide more than $22 billion on border security — a figure that appears to have resonated with the president. 
"Will be getting almost $23 BILLION for Border Security. Regardless of Wall money, it is being built as we speak," Trump wrote in a tweet on Tuesday evening.

Trump's tweet signaled an openness to the agreement after telling reporters earlier in the day that he wasn't "thrilled" with the deal.

Shelby added that he was urging Trump to evaluate the bill in the context that it's "only a down payment." He maintained that questions about whether Trump will sign the bill are "premature." 

"I've told him that, as I said a few minutes ago, that 'Mr. President, we had a good reception in the caucus today about this and we know it's multiyear, we know it's going to cost a lot of money but it's a good start,' " Shelby said. 

Shelby's meeting with Trump comes after Senate GOP leaders, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? Overnight Health Care: McConnell offering bill to raise tobacco-buying age to 21 | NC gov vetoes 'born alive' abortion bill | CMS backs off controversial abortion proposal HR 1 brings successful local, state reforms to the federal level and deserves passage MORE (R-Ky.), were supportive of the agreement earlier Tuesday. 

Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneTelehealth is calling — will Congress pick up? GOP grows tired of being blindsided by Trump Hillicon Valley: Assange faces US charges after arrest | Trump says WikiLeaks 'not my thing' | Uber officially files to go public | Bezos challenges retail rivals on wages | Kremlin tightens its control over internet MORE (S.D.), the No. 2 Senate Republican, called the barrier money, which is significantly below the $5.7 billion Trump asked for during the previous 35-day shutdown, a "down payment" for the larger $25 billion Trump wants over several years. 

McConnell also said he believes Trump should sign the agreement, saying the president "got a pretty good deal here."