Former GOP House Intel chair: McConnell eating 'manure sandwich' with Trump's national emergency

A former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee says that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHillary Clinton: Voter suppression has led to 'crisis in democracy' in the US New York Times authors blame Kavanaugh correction on editing error: 'There was zero intent to mislead' The Hill's Morning Report - What is Trump's next move on Iran? MORE (R-Ky.) is eating a "manure sandwich" over President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness, ballots and battling opioids: Why the Universal Postal Union benefits the US Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth MORE's decision to declare a national emergency over illegal border crossings while signing a deal to keep the federal government open.

Former Rep. Mike RogersMichael (Mike) Dennis RogersHillicon Valley: 8chan owner defends platform before Congress | Facebook launches dating feature | New York City sues T-Mobile | Top NSA cyber official names ransomware as 2020 threat | Blue Dog Dems urge action on election security 8chan owner defends platform in testimony before Congress Conservatives lash out at CNN for hiring Andrew McCabe MORE (R-Mich.) told CNN on Friday that McConnell was not happy to endorse Trump's plan to declare a national emergency in order to reallocate funding for construction of a border wall.

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“You’re watching Mitch McConnell eat a manure sandwich in this whole process," Rogers said, adding that McConnell was most concerned with averting another government shutdown.

"You can tell, in the mannerisms, in the body language, in the language itself, of Mitch McConnell ... he's where he is because he thought it would be expedient to make sure the government didn't shut down," he added.

"He's not yet enjoying that manure sandwich this morning," he quipped again, moments later.

McConnell announced Thursday that Trump planned to sign a compromise bill engineered by House and Senate negotiators that would provide $1.375 billion in funding for barriers at the U.S.-Mexico border, while at the same time declaring a national emergency to speed construction of his long-promised border wall.

Despite previously expressing skepticism for the plan, McConnell announced Thursday that he would support the president's move.

"I think he ought to feel free to use whatever tools he can legally use to enhance his effort to secure the border, so no I would not be troubled by that," the Senate leader told reporters.