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Trump Confronts McConnell and Senate GOP Regarding Border Package

Former President Trump is confronting Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell and his team by urging Republican lawmakers to reject a compromise on border security. This move by Trump sets up a significant battle over the GOP’s future and the fate of crucial aid to Ukraine, which is linked to the border deal.

Trump’s Influence on GOP and Ukraine Aid

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As the leading candidate for the GOP presidential nomination, Trump’s stance is pivotal. He insists that Republicans should reject any deal that doesn’t fully address migrant flow, a stance that pressures new Speaker Mike Johnson.

Senate GOP’s Response to Trump’s Intervention

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Members of McConnell’s leadership team quickly responded to Trump’s attempt to derail the Senate deal. Senate Republican Whip John Thune described Trump’s intervention as “not helpful.”

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Thune’s Perspective on Migrant Flow

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Senator John Thune emphasized the importance of the Senate’s Ukraine package in addressing the migrant crisis.
He highlighted the record number of migrants in December, advocating for the Senate’s conservative border policies.

Trump’s Critique of Senate Border Deal

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Trump criticized the emerging Senate border deal in a post on Truth Social. He argued against any deal that doesn’t completely halt the influx of migrants into the U.S.

Trump’s Focus on Speaker Johnson and House GOP

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Trump seems to be directing his campaign at Speaker Johnson and House Republicans. These members have the power to block any Senate-passed deal on Ukraine funding and border security.

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Johnson’s Interaction with Trump

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Speaker Mike Johnson acknowledged his frequent discussions with Trump about the border crisis. He expressed agreement with Trump’s views during a Fox News interview.

Senator Cornyn’s Realism on Border Deal

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Senator John Cornyn, a key figure in McConnell’s team and an expert on immigration, believes Trump’s demands are unrealistic. Cornyn pointed out the need for a compromise that garners enough votes in Congress and a presidential signature.

Cornyn’s View on Future Border Security

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Cornyn suggested that the Senate package could provide Trump, if reelected, with additional tools to secure the border.
He expressed hope that Trump would appreciate this potential benefit.

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GOP Senators’ Concerns Over Biden’s Victory

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Republican senators worry that Trump aims to prevent President Biden from securing a policy victory on border security.
They see this as a mistake, given the opportunity to reform asylum laws and deter migrant flows.

The Risk of Abandoning Ukraine

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GOP senators also express concern about the strategic implications of failing to support Ukraine. They fear that a Russian victory in Ukraine could threaten U.S. allies and economic interests in Europe.

Senator Tillis Disagrees with Trump

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Senator Thom Tillis voiced his disagreement with Trump’s demand to reject any border security deal that isn’t comprehensive. He stressed the political error of missing the chance to pass the Senate package.

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Tillis on Supporting Ukraine

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Tillis emphasized the importance of funding Ukraine in its conflict with Russia. He warned that failing to do so would be a historic strategic mistake.

McConnell’s Strategy for Border Security

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McConnell is advising Senate Republicans that the current moment offers the best chance to secure the border.
He predicts that even with a potential Republican majority, Democrats would block border security reforms in the future.

Thune Supports McConnell’s Analysis

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Thune agrees with McConnell, believing that a stronger border security package is unlikely next year, even if Trump wins the election. He sees the current situation as a unique opportunity in a divided government.

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