Meanwhile, President's own aides have worked behind the scenes to cast the outcome less as a concession and more as an opportunity. Trump himself has been only partially receptive to that characterization.
White House aides were still reviewing the legislative text of the bill – which stacked up to 1,000 pages – on Thursday, looking for any potential "landmines" that might cause President to reject it. Trump signaled to the advisers and allies this week he was inclined to sign it to avoid another government shutdown, and would use executive action to try to secure additional border wall dollars
"I know the President is still evaluating the bill. I think he was very clear that he was not happy with it, seeing less than $ 1
"I think the President is evaluating what's in the bill. I know he'll be making a decision before the deadline, "Pence said.
In public, Trump has remained gracious about the GOP effort.
"I want to thank all Republicans for the work you have done in dealing with the Radical Left on Border Security," he tweeted on Tuesday.
But in private, Trump has cast the GOP's dealmaking efforts as inadequate and wondered why he, an experienced dealmaker, was not consulted at more regular intervals as the two sides haggled over an agreement. The White House acted largely on the sidelines while the congressional negotiators struck a deal.
Meanwhile, lawmakers have been left with no public assurance from Trump that he will sign the bill
"I Pray" Trump signs the bill, Senate Richard Shelby, CEO of the Appropriations, told CNN Thursday. He said he had spoken with Trump Wednesday night and the President was in "good spirits." Shelby said he would not ask if Trump would sign it, but indications are that he will.
It appeases the President, aides and some Republican lawmakers have cast the smaller figure, around $ 1.375 billion, as a down payment that will eventually lead to a new wall construction.
Initially, Trump was distressed when he watched Sean Hannity and other Fox News hosts deride the plan, including as he watched recorded versions of prime-time programming during a late-night flight home on Monday from Texas, where he held a campaign rally.
Trump spent much of the flight phoning allies to seek advice and bemoan what he saw as the lackluster negotiating efforts by Republicans. Hannita, who the president often calls late at night after his show ends, cut off from the rally in El Paso Monday night to dismiss the breakthrough as a "garbage compromise."
"1.3 billion – that's not a – not even and wall, and barrier? " Hannity said. "CBS News, even they say that 72% of the American people want heroin to stop, the cartels to stop, the gang members to stop, and those who want us ill. "
But Hannity's tone had changed markedly by the next night.
"I'm not happy either," Hannity said Tuesday. "Hannity said that while he had" no insider information, "he believed the President would declare a national emergency.
"And the President, I think I know him pretty well, telegraphed that very thing just today," Hannity added.
The difference in those 24 hours was a slew of phone calls from the White House to President's allies in the media, framing the deal as a win for Trump by making two points: that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was taking a loss because she said the President would not get more than $ 1 for his wall, while pledging that Trump would take executive action to secure further funding for the wall beyond the $ 1 billion dollars included in the deal.
The Trump's media allies would adopt a more optimistic outlook – and in turn deter President from rejecting the deal and triggering another government shutdown.
White House aides were relieved when the hosts of Fox & Friends cast the deal in a rosier light, followed by the positive remarks by Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Lou Dobbs later on.
Still, while Trump has offered signals he will sign the plan, but he is not sure he will not reverse course, as he has on previous government funding agreements. Trump has also voiced fresh concern that he does not have time to fully read the 1,000-page bill – something in March he said he would not stay
"But I say to Congress: I will never sign another bill like this "It's only hours old," he said, before signing a package, he complained that he had an inadequate border security funding.
Though aides are publicly framing the agreement as a win for the President, many are relieved that he's indicated he will sign it, feeling that they have run out of other options and have no leverage.
Officials have said they are waiting to read the full text of the bill before the President publicly endorses it, but they were briefed on major aspects of the agreement before a Cabinet meeting Tuesday.