Senate Republicans fracture as Donald Trump influences fragile border, Ukraine negotiations

Written by Robert J. Matthews

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As the Senate's months-long border policy and Ukraine aid debates neared their end, the package may be at risk.

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As former President Donald Trump remains the 2024 GOP frontrunner, Republican senators are conceding the consequences of any border compromise on his reelection bid.

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Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Trump's potential as the Republican nominee has transformed the political atmosphere as the former president seeks to make immigration a campaign issue.

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McConnell's warning is the first to acknowledge that Trump's possible opposition to a border compromise may undermine a rare immigration deal.

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However, the transaction may not survive. Some conservative senators believe McConnell will abandon an agreement, but others believe negotiations can go despite the politics. 

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I hope they're turning away. I think we're seeing an acknowledgment that this deal's politics have changed and become unpopular.

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The failure of a bipartisan border accord would deny President Joe Biden a win in resolving the southern border crisis.

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On Thursday, GOP border package lead negotiator Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., said McConnell was “very clear” he won't back down.

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