Newsom Picks A Fight With Republicans

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – In a recent interview, California Governor Gavin Newsom criticized members of the Republican party in Congress, labeling them as excessively pliable in their dealings with former President Trump, especially on matters related to border policy. Newsom expressed particular disappointment with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, accusing him of overtly yielding to Trump’s influence. He also directed criticism towards the Speaker of the House, Mike Johnson, for their apparent reluctance to negotiate.

Newsom conveyed his frustrations during a conversation on MSNBC, where he lamented the Republican Party’s approach under Trump’s sway, describing it as a visible yet ignored issue. He referred to a specific instance where Trump used social media to undermine negotiations, highlighting the Republican Party’s lack of resolve in standing up to such directives.

The context of Newsom’s comments stems from McConnell’s admission to his Republican colleagues that achieving border security reforms, alongside aid for Ukraine, was proving more difficult than anticipated, partly due to Trump’s opposition. McConnell even suggested decoupling the aid for Ukraine from border security measures in an effort to navigate around the impasse.

Amidst these challenges, some Senate Republicans, who support aid to Ukraine and seek a compromise with Democrats on border security, are looking towards Trump’s allies in the hope that they can dissuade him from derailing the negotiations. Senator Joni Ernst, in her capacity as chair of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, has appealed to Trump endorsers to intervene, urging a halt to his critical comments until the legislative details are thoroughly examined. This situation underscores the ongoing complexities within Republican ranks, influenced by Trump’s stance on key issues.

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