McConnell’s Maneuvers Take Backseat to Trump in Shutdown

The Kentucky Republican, who is up for re-election in 2020 in a state where Trump tends to be more popular than he is, sees no other choice than to stand back and let the president decide how he wants to get out of the shutdown.

Image via AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's guiding principles is: "There's no education in the second kick of a mule." Now, deep into a government shutdown he cautioned President Donald Trump against, McConnell is not about to let himself be kicked again. The Republican leader has been conspicuously deferential to Trump since the shutdown began. He's waiting on the president and Democrats to make a deal to end it. The result is… Read at AP News

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