Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell admitted that he needed to give credit to President Donald Trump for the tariff deal that he had formerly condemned, saying that it worked, and the president deserved praise, according to POLITICO.
“McConnell made clear last week his conference opposed the move, but on Tuesday he contended that Trump came out on top in the standoff and cheered the president for how it all eventually played out,” POLITICO reported.
“I think the cold, hard reality is, even though almost none of my members were enthusiastic about the prospect of tariffs, you have to give the president credit — it worked,” he said. The Kentucky Republican argued Trump’s threat to slap a 5 percent tax on Mexican imports if the country did not step up its efforts to address the influx of Central American migrants entering the U.S. “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,” he said.
McConnell’s statement came just days after he was praised by Hosts of ABC’s “The View” who settled into a discussion on a favorite topic during Wednesday’s show: who was defying President Donald Trump and his policies.
After talking about the president’s trip to the U.K. where he visited heads of state and met Queen Elizabeth, Whoopi Goldberg, the group’s moderator, noted that the president was getting pushback “on this side of the pond from his own people.”
Goldberg was referencing news circulating, including some in The Washington Post, which reported that Republican lawmakers are reportedly considering the idea of blocking President Donald Trump’s tariffs on Mexico, which could prompt the Commander-in-Chief to use his executive powers to go around the legislative branch.
“Isn’t it interesting that this is the thing that got them crazy?” asked Goldberg. “Tariffs got them out of their minds!”