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PoliticsMcConnell: Trump should sign funding deal

22:15  12 february  2019
22:15  12 february  2019 Source:   thehill.com

Coulter rips Trump, GOP for backing funding deal

Coulter rips Trump, GOP for backing funding deal Conservative commentator Ann Coulter on Thursday slammed the news that President Trump will sign off on a border security deal brokered by Congress, calling it "selling out" GOP constituents. "GOP motto: NEXT TIME! We're selling out our constituents this time -- but we'll get to our promises NEXT TIME. We thought Trump was different," Coulter tweeted in response to an announcement from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) that Trump would sign the legislation and declare a national emergency at the border. GOP motto: NEXT TIME! We're selling out our constituents this time -- but we'll get to our promises NEXT TIME. We thought Trump was different. https://t.

McConnell: Trump should sign funding deal© Greg Nash McConnell: Trump should sign funding deal Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday he hopes President Trump 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 or not he will support the deal.

McConnell: Trump to sign bill, declare emergency

McConnell: Trump to sign bill, declare emergency Senate GOP leader McConnell: Trump has 'indicated he's prepared to sign' funding bill, will declare emergency on border.

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.

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 worry of 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 flatfooted late last year when he said he would not support a continuing resolution (CR) 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 McCarthy (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.

Trump "very likely" to sign funding deal if it reaches him, official says.
The president said he wants to add to an "agreement in principle" reached by congressional negotiators to avert another shutdown. Earlier in the day, an official familiar with the matter told CBS News the president is "very likely" to sign the deal if it reaches his desk. "Was just presented the concept and parameters of the Border Security Deal by hard working Senator Richard Shelby. Looking over all aspects knowing that this will be hooked up with lots of money from other sources...." Mr. Trump wrote in a tweet, adding: "...Will be getting almost $23 BILLION for Border Security.

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