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Senate Agreement on Border and Ukraine Faces Potential Collapse Following Trump’s Dismissal as ‘Meaningless’

Senate deal on border and Ukraine at risk of collapse as Trump calls it ‘meaningless’

A bipartisan Senate deal that aims to combine border enforcement measures and Ukraine aid is facing potential collapse as Senate Republicans express increasing skepticism towards an election-year compromise labeled as “meaningless” by Donald Trump, the likely Republican presidential nominee.

Senate negotiators have been working for weeks to finalize a carefully negotiated compromise on border and immigration policy designed to reduce the number of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. However, the prolonged negotiations, coupled with election-year dynamics and Trump’s demands, are adding strain to the process.

The central focus is a plan jointly crafted by President Joe Biden and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell to garner congressional approval for wartime aid to Ukraine, which is running out of funds for essential supplies in the face of Russia’s invasion.

Senate Agreement on Border and Ukraine Faces Potential Collapse Following Trump's Dismissal as 'Meaningless'

Senate Agreement on Border and Ukraine Faces Potential Collapse Following Trump’s Dismissal as ‘Meaningless’ (Credits: WSOC TV)

On Thursday, Trump escalated his criticism of the potential compromise, branding it as “meaningless” in terms of border security and a “Gift to the Radical Left Democrats” as Biden seeks reelection. Trump suggested that the Senate is better off without a deal, even if it means a temporary closure of the country, without proposing alternative policy options.

In a closed-door Republican meeting on Wednesday, McConnell acknowledged Trump’s opposition and discussed alternative options, including potentially separating the issues of Ukraine and the border. This has raised doubts about McConnell’s commitment to the border deal, although he reassured reporters that they are still working on it.

Despite challenges, Sen. James Lankford, the head GOP negotiator, emphasized that the group is still working on the package, with McConnell advocating for the proposal while acknowledging the political reality of the ongoing presidential primaries.

The release of the legislation has been delayed due to disagreements over the cost of new policies and restrictions on the president’s ability to admit individuals under special circumstances.

While Trump’s criticism looms over the talks, Democrats, including lead negotiator Sen. Chris Murphy, remain hopeful that Republicans will accept the compromise. They contend that the policies under discussion would not have an immediate impact on border issues and could grant Trump greater enforcement authority if he is reelected.

Amidst objections from some Republicans, who argue that the president already has sufficient authority for border measures, concerns are raised about the potential consequences of walking away from an opportunity to enact border policies.

As the negotiations continue, the fate of the bipartisan Senate deal remains uncertain, with both border security and Ukraine aid hanging in the balance.

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