[AUDIO] McConnell PRAISES Trump for using tariff threat to get deal with Mexico

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.

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71 thoughts on “[AUDIO] McConnell PRAISES Trump for using tariff threat to get deal with Mexico

  1. IMHO too many Republicans are pawns of the Chamber of Commerce who didn’t want tariffs. Too many politicians are beholdin’ to the Chamber instead of their constituents. That’s why Ryan refused to pass immigration when he was Speaker.

    1. That is probably right… and here’s the thing… Trump as a business man can tell the Chamber off, he’s knows for himself what business needs. Politicians depend on the Chamber to tell them what is good for business.

    2. That’s right, SJ. The RINOs have been the biggest obstacle to Trump’s America First agenda.

  2. What excuse are Democrats using to justify blocking the money for the humanitarian crisis? If there was ever any proof that Democrats don’t care about the conditions and suffering on the border this is it. Who cares if they die and spread sickness and disease as long as Trump looks bad?

    1. They’re hoping people don’t notice. The Dems only want us to focus on Trump and Obstruction of Justice.

      1. @sjmom They’ll start noticing once voters start paying attention to the 2020 elections… immigration and the economy will be the top issues. Dems will have nothing to show for on both issues.

  3. What a liar,McConnell,Rubio and Paul were pooping in their pants believing Trump was about to place tariffs on Mexico.These RINOS are scared to death Trump will end their money flow from the Chamber of Commerce.We just saw it with the Koch Brothers joining with the Democrats.McConnell sees the Koch money going elsewhere and he doesn’t like it one bit.

    1. The Koch Brothers = Open Borders

      What’s the difference between Soros and the Kochs? At the end of the day, both of them want to fundamentally transform this nation through immigration; be it legal or illegal.

    2. @bigsir74 They were….and he admitted it. I think he sort of took it on the chin here and was man enough to give Trump credit, but it will only last if the deal comes through and the tariffs don’t get implemented.

      He’s doing better than the Democrats. Democrats are refusing to even give Trump money for the humanitarian crisis. I guess they consider immigrants acceptable casualties of war…their war against Trump.

  4. Has it come out anywhere yet what’s in this deal everyone’s so happy about? Politicians tend to be really happy and all smiles about bills and deals when they screw us over royally.

    1. Not always, PE. In this case, McConnell is trying to get on Trump’s good side after coming out against tariffs before the deal was made. Mexico already sent 6,000 troops to the Guatemala-Mexico border… and will send a few thousand more.

  5. McConnell has done a great job getting Federal judges confirmed to the bench… having said that, like RINO Paul Ryan in the House before him, McConnell has been the greatest obstacle to Trump’s legislative agenda; especially immigration reform.

  6. Why does it take Trump to see this stuff? These guys fancy themselves smart yet they always want to go against things like leveraging our economic power to pressure another nation into compliance. Now that they see the results they wake up. They’re fools for not seeing it in the first place.

    1. Maybe that’s the key? We need to stop electing people from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and other Ivy League schools. Let’s start electing regular people like Thomas Jefferson originally suggested. That would need to be done in a massive swath otherwise the newbies can get corrupted to quickly.

        1. Over a decade ago we had some Harvard grads join our company. They stirred the pot up something awful and created a bunch of needless work for people. Some got promoted up pretty fast. Right to the point where someone else figured out they weren’t as smart as they seemed and then demoted them. Others left to create chaos elsewhere. We finally stabilized and all thought they were just idiots.

  7. I am going to hold my sarcasm because I don’t believe in taking a swipe at people when they finally do the right thing. So Mr. McConnell, I will say “Thank you” to you, and leave it at that.

    1. Yeah… but how about “Thank you, Cocaine Mitch McTurtle”?

      Is that thankful yet shows my mocking disdain for much of the rest of his political career? That’s what I was going for.

    2. Say what you want about McConnell, but we have him to thank for ensuring Trump’s judicial nominees cross the finish line.

  8. He is nothing if not a political animal… he’s saved the Supreme Court so he is a good guy in my book.

  9. He is nothing if not a political animal… he’s saved the Supreme Court so he is a good guy in my book.

  10. I am going to hold my sarcasm because I don’t believe in taking a swipe at people when they finally do the right thing. So Mr. McConnell, I will say “Thank you” to you, and leave it at that.

    1. Yeah… but how about “Thank you, Cocaine Mitch McTurtle”?

      Is that thankful yet shows my mocking disdain for much of the rest of his political career? That’s what I was going for.

    2. Say what you want about McConnell, but we have him to thank for ensuring Trump’s judicial nominees cross the finish line.

  11. McConnell and his wife must gave extracted some concessions out of Trump … and hence the praise. He is a shrewd politician… way more crafty than Trump

  12. Nice, safe, convenient answer from McConnell. Mitch is almost always the devil in the details and he is among the most corrupt pukes in office. In many ways, Harry Reid lives on in him. And yes, I know, he said “nice” things about Trump… because it’s safe to do so – it doesn’t ruin or expose his “power-behind-the-throne” posture. He’s been too evil over the years and I’ll never give him a pass.

  13. IMHO too many Republicans are pawns of the Chamber of Commerce who didn’t want tariffs. Too many politicians are beholdin’ to the Chamber instead of their constituents. That’s why Ryan refused to pass immigration when he was Speaker.

    1. That’s right, SJ. The RINOs have been the biggest obstacle to Trump’s America First agenda.

    2. That is probably right… and here’s the thing… Trump as a business man can tell the Chamber off, he’s knows for himself what business needs. Politicians depend on the Chamber to tell them what is good for business.

  14. Has it come out anywhere yet what’s in this deal everyone’s so happy about? Politicians tend to be really happy and all smiles about bills and deals when they screw us over royally.

    1. Not always, PE. In this case, McConnell is trying to get on Trump’s good side after coming out against tariffs before the deal was made. Mexico already sent 6,000 troops to the Guatemala-Mexico border… and will send a few thousand more.

  15. McConnell has done a great job getting Federal judges confirmed to the bench… having said that, like RINO Paul Ryan in the House before him, McConnell has been the greatest obstacle to Trump’s legislative agenda; especially immigration reform.

  16. What a liar,McConnell,Rubio and Paul were pooping in their pants believing Trump was about to place tariffs on Mexico.These RINOS are scared to death Trump will end their money flow from the Chamber of Commerce.We just saw it with the Koch Brothers joining with the Democrats.McConnell sees the Koch money going elsewhere and he doesn’t like it one bit.

    1. @bigsir74 They were….and he admitted it. I think he sort of took it on the chin here and was man enough to give Trump credit, but it will only last if the deal comes through and the tariffs don’t get implemented.

      He’s doing better than the Democrats. Democrats are refusing to even give Trump money for the humanitarian crisis. I guess they consider immigrants acceptable casualties of war…their war against Trump.

    2. The Koch Brothers = Open Borders

      What’s the difference between Soros and the Kochs? At the end of the day, both of them want to fundamentally transform this nation through immigration; be it legal or illegal.

  17. What excuse are Democrats using to justify blocking the money for the humanitarian crisis? If there was ever any proof that Democrats don’t care about the conditions and suffering on the border this is it. Who cares if they die and spread sickness and disease as long as Trump looks bad?

    1. They’re hoping people don’t notice. The Dems only want us to focus on Trump and Obstruction of Justice.

      1. @sjmom Thankfully the NYT is even on board, so their attempt to sneak under the radar and blame Trump might fail. Then again, the MSM will probably deflect from it or still blame Trump one way or the other.

      2. @sjmom They’ll start noticing once voters start paying attention to the 2020 elections… immigration and the economy will be the top issues. Dems will have nothing to show for on both issues.

  18. Why does it take Trump to see this stuff? These guys fancy themselves smart yet they always want to go against things like leveraging our economic power to pressure another nation into compliance. Now that they see the results they wake up. They’re fools for not seeing it in the first place.

    1. Maybe that’s the key? We need to stop electing people from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and other Ivy League schools. Let’s start electing regular people like Thomas Jefferson originally suggested. That would need to be done in a massive swath otherwise the newbies can get corrupted to quickly.

        1. Over a decade ago we had some Harvard grads join our company. They stirred the pot up something awful and created a bunch of needless work for people. Some got promoted up pretty fast. Right to the point where someone else figured out they weren’t as smart as they seemed and then demoted them. Others left to create chaos elsewhere. We finally stabilized and all thought they were just idiots.

          1. I lost my job there because of those jackasses. And the company almost failed too (not because of me leaving…). There’s a difference between academically smart and practically (or common sense) smart. And those little demented Wunderkind were an epic fail.

            1. I could’ve sworn once you left the 5th floor and our stock was tanking, I heard people say it was falling apart because you were gone. At least those of us that know you were saying that. 😉 Oh it was reeeeal fun educating those people who were short lived. Can you sense my cynicism?

  19. McTurtle, like Pocahontas, speak with forked tongue. Last week they were all set to hang Trump because their big donors had them by the short hairs, now he’s the best thing since sliced bread. Hypocrite much?

  20. McConnell and his wife must gave extracted some concessions out of Trump … and hence the praise. He is a shrewd politician… way more crafty than Trump

  21. Nice, safe, convenient answer from McConnell. Mitch is almost always the devil in the details and he is among the most corrupt pukes in office. In many ways, Harry Reid lives on in him. And yes, I know, he said “nice” things about Trump… because it’s safe to do so – it doesn’t ruin or expose his “power-behind-the-throne” posture. He’s been too evil over the years and I’ll never give him a pass.

  22. McTurtle, like Pocahontas, speak with forked tongue. Last week they were all set to hang Trump because their big donors had them by the short hairs, now he’s the best thing since sliced bread. Hypocrite much?

    1. Aren’t the words politician and hypocrite synonyms in the thesaurus? If not they should be.

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