Mike Johnson denies that Trump is 'calling the shots' on border deal

 February 5, 2024

According to Fox News, Speaker Mike Johnson announced on Monday that House Republicans will not back the Senate's bipartisan border deal.

However, Johnson made clear during an interview this week that his decision to withdraw support was not linked to former President Donald Trump. 

Trump says Republicans who back deal "should be ashamed of themselves"

The New York Post reported that Johnson addressed the issue when asked about it on Sunday by NBC's "Meet the Press" host Kristen Welker.

Welker pointed to a recent statement in which Trump said that "any Republican who votes for this deal should be ashamed of themselves."

"You've said you speak to him frequently and that you've discussed this deal with him 'at length,'" she continued before asking, "Is Donald Trump calling the shots here, Mr. Speaker?"

John denies that Trump is "calling those shots"

Johnson was adamant in his response, saying, "Of course not. He’s not calling those shots. I am calling the shots for the House. That’s our responsibility. And I have been [saying] this far longer than President Trump has."

The speaker went on to take aim at President Joe Biden's handling of the ongoing migrant crisis, saying, "What we’re saying is you have to stem the flow."

"The President has executive authority right now," Johnson pointed out, adding, "He could close the border literally overnight but he refuses to do it."

What's more, Johnson defended efforts to impeach Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, stating, "What we’re suggesting here is that Secretary Mayorkas has openly defied federal law."

"He has also lied to Congress," Johnson complained. "He has misrepresented facts over and over. Desperate times call for desperate measures. And that’s where we are."

Speaker declares bill "dead on arrival"

Johnson later put up a social media post on Monday in which he reiterated his belief that the border bill doesn't go far enough.

"I've seen enough. This bill is even worse than we expected, and won’t come close to ending the border catastrophe the President has created."

"As the lead Democrat negotiator proclaimed: Under this legislation, 'the border never closes.' If this bill reaches the House, it will be dead on arrival."

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