Sen. McConnell releases statement after president's address

Mitch McConnell, senior US Senator from Kentucky; he is a member of the Republican Party., Photo Date: May 24, 2017 / Photo: Sen. Mitch McConnell / Facebook / (MGN)
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKYT) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) praised President Trump's national address Tuesday night.

President Trump declared there is "a humanitarian crisis, a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul" at the border.

Sen. McConnell released the following statement after the address:

“Tonight, President Trump reaffirmed his commitment to addressing the humanitarian and security crisis at our nation’s southern border. His proposal to increase security through physical barriers suits the reality on the ground. It’s what career Border Patrol experts support and are asking for. And it simply builds on earlier legislation that Senate Democrats like then-Senator Obama, then-Senator Clinton, and Senator Schumer previously supported with enthusiasm.

The past eighteen days have shown that Democrats’ refusal to negotiate is not due to any principled objection, but simply due to partisan spite for the president. For the men and women of the Border Patrol, for the safety of American families, and for all Americans who deserve a fully operational federal government, I sincerely hope my Democratic colleagues will come to the table and help deliver a solution.”

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