Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told reporters Tuesday that he tentatively supports building the border wall. Or at least he’s open to talking about it. “We’re going to continue to discuss it with him and hope that this process can achieve what he would like to achieve on the wall, and also get these appropriations bills signed into law, which is quite different than what’s happened in the past.” It doesn’t mean, however, that he’s ready to force the issue with midterms right around the corner. President Trump has maintained his willingness to shut down the government to secure the border. With the polls squarely in favor of stiff border enforcement, McConnell may have to choose between supporting Trump or losing the election.
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“I support what the president is trying to do on the wall,” Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday. “Most of my members do as well.”
“We’re going to continue to discuss it with him, and hope that this process can achieve what he would like to achieve on the wall,” McConnell continued, “and also get these appropriations bills signed into law, which is quite different than what’s happened in the past.”
Both McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan want to avoid the border wall issue as best as possible until after November’s midterm elections. Both of them met with President Donald Trump to that effect, and sources close to the matter claimed the president had been convinced to put off the debate until 2019.
Trump, however, does not seem to have gotten that memo: “I would be willing to ‘shut down’ government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall,” Trump tweeted on July 29.“Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT! We need great people coming into our Country!”