Three of President Donald Trump’s biggest Fox News supporters have savaged the border wall deal made by Congress to keep the federal government open, as the White House weighs signing it off or triggering another shutdown.
The government reopened after its recent shutdown when Trump allowed more time for Democratic and Republican Congressional leaders to negotiate a deal on the U.S.-Mexico border wall, which the president claims is essential for security.
Democrats, who control the House, have refused to allocate any of the $5.7 billion Trump demanded to fund his wall, dismissing the project as expensive and ineffective. The president shut down the government, saying he was “proud” to do so, as no budget could be agreed by Congress.
However, Congress has now reached a budget agreement in principle, awaiting Trump’s sign off, that includes nearly $1.4 billion for 55 miles of new steel border fencing, The Washington Post reported, well shy of what the president wants to fund a large concrete wall.
The White House has yet to respond to the agreement by Congress, though Trump reaffirmed that his border wall, a flagship policy of his presidential campaign, will be built.
Sean Hannity, a friend of the president’s who uses his show to promote Trump’s agenda, blasted the deal as a “garbage compromise.”
“By the way, on this new so-called compromise, I’m getting details,” Hannity said on his Fox News show Monday night, which coincided with Trump’s rally in El Paso, Texas.
“$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.”
Meanwhile, Laura Ingraham, who interviewed the president on her Fox News show before his El Paso rally, dismissed the deal as “pathetic” in a tweet.
Lou Dobbs, a Fox Business host and a vocal supporter of President Trump, also attacked the border deal in a tweet.
“Radical Dimms refuse to protect America, their ‘Deal’ is an insult to @POTUS and the American people,” Dobbs wrote on Twitter.
Trump has until Friday to decide whether to shut down the government again, leaving hundreds of thousands of federal worker unpaid and closing off services to the public, or pass a deal that will anger his supporters.
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), who was involved in the talks that reached the current deal, said at a news conference he believes President Trump will sign the agreement.
“Our staffs are going to be working feverishly to put all the particulars together,” Shelby said, the BBC reported. “We believe that if this becomes law, it’ll keep open the government.”