Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was on the Hugh Hewitt Show this morning and ended up praising Trump for the border deal he’s made with Mexico after using tariffs to get them to the table.
McConnell was first asked about the media, most of which say Trump is lying about the border deal even though the Washington Post confirms that Trump made an unprecedented deal with Mexico.
Well I think they just can’t let the president have a win.
I think the cold hard reality is that even though almost none of my members were enthusiastic about the prospect of tariffs, you have to give the president credit, it worked. The threat of levying tariffs on Mexican goods coming in clearly got the government’s attention down there. The president deserves applause, not condemnation for the outcome which has a good chance of solving this crisis at the border.
McConnell went on to explain how congressional Democrats are the next big problem Trump has to deal with because they are currently blocking attempts by the Senate to send money to deal with the humanitarian crisis at the border. McConnell made clear they aren’t talking about money for the wall, just for the humanitarian crisis, and yet Democrats won’t allow it.
So the president had two problems here. One was the Mexican government – he solved that. Now it’s time to try and solve the problem with the Democrats because they need to step up. Even the NY Times said ‘give Trump the money; we’re talking about the humanitarian crisis at the border’.
This is quite the turn around from last week when Senate Republicans were threatening to butt heads with Trump over the tariffs if they went into effect.
McConnell did say then, however, that he was hoping a deal would be reached so that the tariffs didn’t go into effect.