But Democrats - and some Republicans - are refusing to budge saying border security can be achieved without a wall.
"I will not sign any of their legislation, including infrastructure, unless it has ideal Border Security", he continued, referring to Democrats.
Senators on Wednesday expressed confidence that Trump would sign a short-term funding extension, but the president is feeling heavy pressure from his base and prominent conservatives.
McConnell's proposal has the backing of the top congressional Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, and top congressional Republicans have indicated they are optimistic that the President would sign the measure.
Late Wednesday, the Senate passed a measure to extend current levels of government spending until February 8, buying lawmakers time to enjoy the holidays and a few more weeks to negotiate a long-term deal.
Now, with a partial government shutdown looming if a deal to fund seven government agencies can't be concluded by December 21, President Trump has a flawless opportunity to follow through on his pledge while finally getting the border wall funding he has sought since the beginning of his presidency.
The U.S. Capitol Building Dome as seen through a beveled window at the Library of Congress in Washington, Wednesday.
"The President is having a meeting with Republican House Members at noon today".
It was unclear how many House members might return to Washington for votes, given that Republicans lost the majority in the November election.
Trump wanted $5 billion.
"The president informed us that he will not sign the bill that came over from the Senate last evening because of his legitimate concerns for border security", outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan said after he and other Republicans met with Trump to try to come to a deal before the holidays. A morning press conference of GOP leaders was abruptly canceled as lawmakers filed out of a basement meeting to head to the floor for other matters.
"The president's spokesperson has claimed that the administration can reprogram funds given to other areas of the government to build the full wall". "We want to keep the government open".
"The wall won't be resolved no matter what we do because we aren't going to do the wall", House Minority Whip Steny B. Hoyer, D-Md., told reporters. It's up against Mexico, where drugs and immigrants are aggressively pushed into the country, overwhelming what little security we now have.
Questioning White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, "Fox & Friends" host Brian Kilmeade said the president has "no leverage", while co-host Ainsley Earhardt asked why Trump was "softening" his position. It passed a bill to fund the Department of Defense and passed a short-term CR and said, 'You know what?
Schumer made clear that funding across agencies could not be made available to build the wall in its entirety, but the White House maintains it's looking at every avenue.
If it passes, it's not even clear the Senate would take it up. "We urgently need funding for border security and that includes a wall". He then said that there should be a new version of that line, "Fool the American people FOUR TIMES, shame on Congress!"
Schumer and Pelosi are hoping they can block wall funding and morph candidate Trump's pledge into President Trump's broken promise, and ride it to victory in 2020. "A Government Shutdown is a very small price to pay for a safe and Prosperous America!"
The Senate passed a stop-gap spending bill on Wednesday night in an effort to keep the government funded and prevent a partial shutdown at the end of the week.