As the threat of yet another government shutdown looms, the White House has been calling right-wing critics of the border wall deal, like Fox News' Sean Hannity and begging them to spin the negotiations as a win for the President, CNN reports.
After negotiators reached a tentative deal to prevent another government shutdown, public figures like Sean Hannity ripped the deal, with Hannity calling it "garbage" and advising the president to declare a national emergency.
According to CNN, the Trump administration has been reaching out to critics of the deal, hoping to sway them into backing the president on it.
"You saw a big change in tone from people like Sean Hannity when he said he wasn't happy with the deal but he believed the president would take some kind of executive action if he did sign the deal to avoid a government shutdown," CNN's Kaitlan Collins reported.
"We learned in the 24-hour period [there] was a slew of phone calls from the White House to people like Sean Hannity, Laura Ingram, three people out of the president's favorites telling them two things, one that this was a loss in part for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi because she said the president wasn't going to get over one dollar for his wall in this deal and now he has over a billion and saying the president if he does sign this will declare some kind of national emergency or take executive action to secure further funding for the wall," she continued.
"Right now they are not saying whether or not the president is going to sign this. They say they are still going through all the texts. We know the White House aides are privately relieved because they feel like they have run out of options. They don't have a lot of leverage. They are happy that so far the president has indicated that he will sign this and try to avoid another government shutdown."