Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) said it would “immoral” for Republican senators to kill a bipartisan deal in the border to help Donald Trump’s re-election bid.
“I didn’t come here to have the president as a boss or a candidate as a boss. I came here to pass good, solid policy,” Tillis told NBC News. “It is immoral for me to think you looked the other way because you think this is the linchpin for President Trump to win.”
Tillis’ comment comes after reports that Trump has been urging his allies in Congress to kill any border deal to not give President Joe Biden a win before the 2024 presidential election.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) reportedly raised doubts about moving ahead with the deal in a private GOP meeting Wednesday, noting that Trump wants to run on immigration in November and going against him might hurt their chances of retaking the Senate.
“The politics of this have changed,” McConnell said, according to Punchbowl News. “We are in a quandary.”
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) has called the move by Trump “appalling.”
“We have a crisis at the border,” he said. “The American people are suffering as a result of what’s happening at the border. And someone running for president ought to try to get the problem solved as opposed to saying ‘hey, save that problem, don’t solve it. Let me take credit for solving it later.’”