Republican lawmakers behind Donald Trump’s call to reject the bipartisan border deal have sparked outrage on both sides of the aisle.
The one-term president has privately instructed some Republican senators to avoid a bipartisan compromise on the U.S. southern border that would make it impossible for Joe Biden to win the campaign, an anonymous source said. HuffPost.
“Trump wants to kill him because he doesn’t want Biden to win,” the source said. “He told them he would fix the border when he was president…He said he just wanted a full deal.”
Punchbowl News reported that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told fellow Republican senators that Mr. Trump to run for immigration, so they found themselves “in a dilemma”.
Mr McConnell called the former president a “candidate” and said: “We don’t want to do anything to undermine him.”
Mr. Trump’s alleged request — and the decision by some Republicans to comply — has caused confusion, disappointment and condemnation.
“This proposal would have near-unanimous Republican support if it weren’t for Donald Trump,” said an anonymous Republican senator. CNN January 25th.
Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney criticized Trump in an interview with CNN.
“I think the border is a very important issue for Donald Trump. And the fact that he would tell Republican senators and congressmen that he doesn’t want us to solve the border problem because he wants to blame it on Biden is really appalling,” he said.
“But the reality is that we have a crisis at the border, and the American people are suffering,” Mr. Romney continued. “And someone running for president should be trying to solve a problem instead of saying, ‘Hey, solve this problem. Don’t save him. Let me take credit for the later solution.'”
Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina told NBC News, “I didn’t come here to have the president as my boss or a candidate for boss. I have come to adopt a good, solid policy.’
He continued, “To me, it’s immoral to think that you looked away because you think that’s what led to President Trump’s victory.”
Two Democratic senators up for re-election in the fall — John Tester of Montana and Sherrod Brown of Ohio — also attacked Trump’s alleged request.
“I think it’s bullshit,” said Mr. Tester for NBC News. “We have to make this deal to secure the border. If they want to keep this as a campaign issue, I think they need to resign from the damn Senate.
Mr Brown also told the publication: “They need to put politics aside and do this. The public wants it. They say they want it. We want him.”
California’s Democratic governor, Gavin Newsom, said on MSNBC Alex Wagner tonight that Mr. McConnell “just completely rolled over and capitulated.”
He added: “Don’t even get me started on the weakness of the current Speaker of the House of Representatives. I mean, they don’t want a deal, period, period. They don’t want a deal. They don’t want Joe Biden to win this campaign,” Mr. Newsom said.
“It tells you everything you need to know about the fraud they are running on the border issue,” he continued.
“These guys are so weak. She’s so pathetically weak that this Republican party and the new speaker said, ‘Oh, yes, sir. What else would you like us to do? We are not interested in America. We don’t care about our freedoms and liberties, we care about politics solely at the expense of the American people. “Because all we care about is winning for the sake of winning,” said Mr. Newsom.
Mr Trump has publicly indicated he does not support the deal. He wrote on Truth Social on Jan. 17: “I don’t think we should even have a border deal unless we get EVERYTHING it takes to stop the INVASION of millions upon millions of people, many from parts unknown, into our once great but great again soon, Country!”