President Donald Trump will most likely sign a new border budget deal when it hits his desk on Friday afternoon. That does not mean Trump is happy with the deal, which provides him with even less border funding than was offered in December.
On Monday night, Sean Hannity encouraged Republicans to oppose the deal, referring to it as garbage. Hannity, however, changed his tune on Tuesday night, saying he was not overly concerned with the agreement. According to the New York Times, the host changed his messaging after a call from the president’s aides.
The Times also reports that a call also went out to Fox News host Lou Dobbs. Hannity and Dobbs are two of Trump’s staunchest and most trusted supporters.
The aides encouraged Hannity and Dobbs to push this message: “Mr. Trump deserved support because he still forced concessions that he would never have gotten without a five-week partial government shutdown.”
The following night, Hannity told his audience, “The President has every right to be angry. The so-called compromise is typical of the D.C. sewer and swamp, and this level of funding for security and safety of the American people is pathetic.”
Key Republicans are also attempting to spin the $1.375 billion Trump is receiving to build border barriers. Senator, Richard Shelby of Alabama, tweeted, “I just talked to the President, and he was in good spirits. I told him that I just signed the homeland security conference report and that it’s a down payment on his border wall. This is only the beginning of a multi-year effort.”
I just talked to the President, and he was in good spirits. I told him that I just signed the homeland security conference report and that it’s a down payment on his border wall. This is only the beginning of a multi-year effort.
— Richard Shelby (@SenShelby) February 14, 2019
While Trump will likely sign the proposal, the debate over border funding will rage on. The president is still threatening to declare a state of emergency in order to secure the necessary funds.