Some of Trump’s confidants are already attacking the bipartisan border security deal and it could put the agreement in jeopardy


President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the El Paso County Coliseum, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The conference committee tasked with addressing border security before government funding runs dry reached an agreement late Monday night.
President Trump’s informal advisors and confidants outside the White House are already dismissing the proposal as insufficient.
Trump often seeks their advice, which played a central role in the historic partial government shutdown that ended in January.

Several of President Donald Trump’s strongest allies and informal advisors are already panning the border security deal reached by the bicameral, bipartisan conference committee on Monday, which could complicate the plan to avoid another government shutdown.

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said Tuesday morning it is still too early for Trump to know whether or not he would be willing to support the conference committee proposal, which includes $1.4 billion for additional physical barriers along the United States-Mexico border. The proposed barrier funding in the deal is a far cry from the $5.7 billion the White House has demanded.

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But some of Trump’s close allies are already dismissing the plan, urging him to chart another course to build his long-desired border wall.

While Trump was delivering a campaign-style speech in El Paso, Texas Monday night, Fox News host Sean Hannity cut into the rally’s live footage during his self-titled show to blast the deal as insufficient.

“By the way, on this new so-called compromise,” he said. “I’m getting details. $1.3 billion? That’s not even a wall, a barrier… Any Republican that supports this garbage compromise, you will have to explain—look at this crowd, look at the country.”

Hannity has been informally advising Trump for years, often talking to the president on the phone multiple times per week.

And Fox News’ flagship host has gotten through to Trump as of late, …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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