by Scott Wartman , email@example.com –
When you ask Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell whether he will support paying for a wall along the Mexican border, you don’t get a yes or no answer.
McConnell deflected questions Tuesday during a press conference in Florence on whether Congress will allocate money for the border wall.
Congress must negotiate a spending bill by April 28 to avoid a government shutdown.
“We’re negotiating all of the various parts,” McConnell said when asked directly about whether Congress would pay for the wall. “We’ll have to wait at the end of the month and see what the final negotiation is.”
Does he support the border wall?
“I’m in favor of border security,” McConnell said. “Exactly how that’s defined will be subject to negotiation with our Democratic colleagues.”
McConnell spoke to reporters in a board room at the Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors. He touted the Supreme Court confirmation of Neil Gorsuch. Along with the strike in Syria, McConnell described last week as a very good week for Trump. Here are some of the notable issues McConnell covered.
President on the right track confronting North Korea
McConnell didn’t seem concerned about President Donald Trump’s taunting North Korea on Twitter.
“North Korea is looking for trouble,” the president tweeted Tuesday morning. “”If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A.”
McConnell didn’t want to speak directly about the tweets – he has criticized Trump’s behavior on Twitter in the past. But he said he thinks the president should pressure China to crack down on North Korea.
He said the reclusive dictatorship has been one of the biggest problems presidents of both parties have faced in modern times.
“The only solution anybody can think of that might have a real chance of working is if the Chinese have a different view about North Korea,” McConnell said. “They prop them up economically and are the only country that has a real influence.”
Take out ISIL but not Assad in Syria
McConnell called Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a mass murderer.
But that doesn’t mean the United States should remove him from office, he said.
Instead, McConnell said the United States should take out the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
“I don’t think it’s the policy of this administration that we go in and win the Syrian war,” McConnell said. “It is a cauldron of problems.”
He acknowledged that he doesn’t see the Syrian war being resolved as long as Assad is in power. He praised Trump’s decision for the United States to bomb Syria in response to the chemical weapon attacks on Syrian civilians.
What should be done? Take out ISIL’s home base of Raqqa in Syria. It won’t solve the war, but the top priority should be taking out terrorists, McConnell said.
Should Congress create a stronger passenger bill of rights?
The video of a passenger being dragged off a United Airlines flight to Louisville has shocked the world. The U.S. Department of Transportation in 2009 drafted a passenger “Bill of Rights” that, among other things, limited time airplanes sit on the tarmac with passengers and require airlines compensate passengers up to $1,300 if they’re bumped from a flight.
Should these rules be strengthened? McConnell didn’t give a definitive response.
“I don’t know what legislative response to that there might be,” McConnell said. “Every time we have an incident like that, we look at it.”