Ron DeSantis, the Republican presidential candidate, asserted that should the border agreement reached between Democrats and Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) be approved, it would be “dead on arrival” should he be sworn in as president in November.
“Well, when I’m president, that’ll be dead on arrival. You know, some of these Republicans are just so out of touch with the voters.” DeSantis said during a conversation with Laura Ingraham.
On Friday, Johnson informed reporters that despite the hard-fought nature of the negotiations, a strong top-line agreement had been reached.
Numerous Democrats and conservatives were dissatisfied with the budgetary allocation for border security along the U.S.-Mexico barrier.
Johnson’s requests for stringent border security measures—including the reestablishment of former President Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy—which mandated asylum claimants to remain in Mexico during processing—were met with opposition from Democrats.
Republicans have declared their opposition to any additional aid for Ukraine unless the law also includes border security measures.
The Speaker affirmed the agreement’s viability despite opposition, given the impending partial government closure without an alternative next week.
According to DeSantis, he was aware of the concerns that Republican voters have regarding the border.
“Republicans want people that are here illegally to be deported, which we need to do. They want to end these insane border policies that Biden’s doing. Yes, they want a wall, they want to see that done and they also want to see action against the drug cartels.” DeSantis said.
“And I think what you’re likely to see out of this deal, is the typical Lucy with the football, promising you’re going to deal with the border and then of course, the football gets pulled away and it’s the same old song and dance,” he continued.
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