Key GOP senator pitches Trump: Funding deal a ‘down payment’ on wall
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 McConnell (R-Ky.), were supportive of the agreement earlier Tuesday.
Sen. John Thune (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.”
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