Where President Trump stands on the deal is still TBD. White House officials are currently digesting details of the agreement, according to an official, and they are not yet signaling their support.
But here's one warning sign: Two of President Trump’s closest allies on Capitol Hill — Reps. Mark Meadows, of North Carolina, and Jim Jordan, of Ohio — are already out trashing the agreement.
Here's what they said about it:
- Meadows: “This conference agreement is hardly a serious attempt to secure our border or stop the flow of illegal immigration. It kicks the can down the road yet again, failing to address the critical priorities outlined by Border Patrol Chiefs.”
- Jordan: “While the President was giving a great speech in El Paso, Congress was putting together a bad deal on immigration.”
Remember: Meadows, the Freedom Caucus chair, and Jordan, his close ally and one of the leaders of the group, were never going to vote for a spending deal. They just weren’t. Neither will most, if not all, of their colleagues in the Freedom Caucus.
But they still can sway the President: The real power of both is their relationship with President Trump. Meadows talks to Trump constantly – and made clear in December, before the shutdown, Trump should stand his ground and fight. The ability to convince the President to oppose an agreement is a real concern among Republicans who do plan to support the deal.
Also notable: The Fox News host Sean Hannity, who frequently talks with the President (and to him on his show) told viewers last night that "any Republican that supports this garbage compromise, you will have to explain." Charlie Sykes called it "the Hannity veto..."
Trump is not yet endorsing the deal: "A lot of things have changed, and we'll see what happens," he told Laura Ingraham in an interview right before last night's rally.
Additional reporting from CNN's Brian Stelter.