Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., said Monday that he is “fine with providing” President Donald Trump with more money for his proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Donnelly told Politico that he wants to avert a government shutdown, which Trump has threatened if he does not get as much as $5 billion for the border wall, saying that Congress “absolutely” ought to agree to the president’s demands.
“I’m fine with providing him some more. I actually voted for border wall funding three different times,” the senator said. “I’m fine with that. I’m fine with $3, $3.5, $4 or $5 billion” this fall.
Donnelly also backed Trump’s immigration bill that would curb legal immigration while creating a pathway towards citizenship for immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, and would allocate $25 billion for the wall.
His opponent in the upcoming midterm elections, Republican nominee Mike Braun, told Politico in an interview that he thinks Donnelly has changed his tune to win over voters in the typically red state. According to Braun, Donnelly “wasn’t saying that nine, 10 months ago,” and predicted that “he’s going to probably even be cut some slack by his base so he can stay alive and have a chance of staying in contention.”
The Republican-aligned group One Nation recently ran ads in Indiana accusing Donnelly of having “waffled” in his support for the border wall.
“After pleading to oppose amnesty and to secure our border, Sen. Joe Donnel”y instead voted to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants,” a narrator says in the ad. “And Donnelly has waffled on supporting Trump’s border wall. Tell Sen. Donnelly, vote to fully secure America’s voter.”
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