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McConnell Leads GOP Revolt Against Trump

McConnell is hurting the Republican party more than anything else.

Former President Donald Trump is intensifying a clash with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his team over a compromise bill encompassing border security and funding for Ukraine, Israel, and the Indo-Pacific region. Trump is urging congressional Republicans to reject any legislation that falls short of addressing all aspects required to curb the influx of migrants across the border. This sets the stage for a contentious battle within the GOP.

Senate Republican Whip John Thune expressed reservations about Trump’s stance, emphasizing that the emerging Senate border deal contains conservative policies that have long been sought. Despite Thune’s concerns, Trump remains steadfast in his opposition to a partial Border Deal, asserting on his Truth Social page that a comprehensive solution is imperative to prevent the “INVASION of Millions & Millions of people.”

Mitch McConnell, however, is advocating for a compromise bill, arguing that it presents the best opportunity to secure the border. He cautions that even with a Republican majority across the government, Democrats would likely use Senate rules to obstruct border legislation. McConnell sees the current political landscape as a unique chance to achieve reform in a divided government.

Sen. John Cornyn, part of McConnell’s leadership team, contends that meeting Trump’s demand for “everything needed” may not be feasible. Cornyn emphasizes the necessity of garnering bipartisan support, recognizing the challenges of passing legislation that can secure votes from Democrats.

While some GOP senators acknowledge Trump’s reluctance to give President Joe Biden a victory on border policy, they stress the importance of not missing an opportunity to reform asylum laws. Additionally, they highlight the strategic implications of providing funding to Ukraine, cautioning against potential consequences, including an advantageous situation for Russia.

Sen. Thom Tillis disagrees with Trump’s stance, asserting that rejecting a border security bill and withholding funds for Ukraine would be strategic errors. He calls on opponents to be accountable for the potential repercussions of such decisions.

However, Sen. Tommy Tuberville, a close Trump ally, predicts that even if the Senate passes a compromise deal, it is likely to face challenges in the House. The internal GOP divisions underscore the complexities of navigating border security, foreign aid, and partisan politics.