McConnell Talked Trump Off Ledge By Promising He’d Back Emergency Order

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to members of the media after a weekly Senate Republican Policy Luncheon on February 5, 2019. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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February 15, 2019 7:40 a.m.

Over the course of three phone conversations on Thursday Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) cajoled an unpredictable President Trump into supporting the bipartisan border funding spending bill by promising he’d make his caucus stand behind a national emergency declaration, The Washington Post reported.

In a freakout that a Republican senior aide described as “off the rails” to the Post, Trump threatened on Thursday afternoon to blow up plans to avoid another government shutdown by not signing the spending deal. But McConnell reportedly calmed Trump’s concerns, by not only vowing his support of a national emergency declaration, but also convincing Trump that Democrats were the real losers in the spending fight.

Trump is expected to sign the legislation and declare an emergency on Friday morning.

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