<img data-lazy-img = "https://static.politico.com/dims4/default/26321c2/2147483647/legacy_thumbnail/90×49%3E/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fv .politico.com% 2Fimages% 2F1155968404% 2F201906% 2F3822% 2F1155968404_6044430054001_6044423370001 -v.jpg% 3FpubId% 3D1155968404 "src =" data: image / gif; base64, R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw == "alt =" Trump: Mexico tariffs will become & # 39; "There would be some [Republicans voting against the president] but it's nowhere near the threshold of 55," said Mark Meadows (RN.C.), chairman of Freedom Caucus, one of the best allies of Trump on Capitol Hill. "By no means."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Has disapproved of his displeasure on Tuesday after meeting representatives of the Trump administration in an interview with Fox News Caucus not concealed. He stated that "the Republicans in the Senate are not in favor of a tax hike for the working class are ".
Kevin House, chairman of the Minority House, Kevin McCarthy, acknowledged that his caucus shares the Senate's concern over Mexico's tariffs. But the California Republican has a completely different approach to the situation.
The GOP leader not only urges his members to gather around the president, but even lights his Senate colleagues for undermining Trump.
"We should enable the president to have a strong hand in the negotiations," McCarthy told reporters Wednesday. "If members undercut him here, it only hurts."
"We should be united so there are no tariffs," he added.
And it's clear Trump feels McCarthy is in his corner. The president falsely credited McCarthy on Twitter with a quote that offered a much stronger defense of Trump than what McCarthy actually said. McCarthy did not push back.
The different approaches within the House of Representatives and the Senate reflect a broader contrast to how the Republicans in each Chamber dealt with Trump and their different incentives.
The Republicans of the House of Representatives were far from reluctant to publicly reprimand the president than their Senate colleagues. Representatives are elected every two years, and those who worry about job security and have less policy leeway. Most of them are more concerned about pro-Trump challengers than Democrats in parliamentary elections.
"Republicans are first and foremost free traders. Trump obviously pays a lot of things, it hurts some of our producers, some of our manufacturers, "said Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.). "But it's also very popular in many areas, so it's going to be a hard choice for some … We're fighting this collective question."
Senators who have a term of six years and represent entire states seem far less To have reservations about whether to sway or seek Trump's tariffs in other matters, and toughening tariffs on Mexico are far more alarming than steel and aluminum tariffs on allies Republicans have repeatedly threatened to block.
for tariffs," said Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.). The number of Republicans in the Opposition "is significant."
"Tariffs are not the way to go, and there's no reason that millions of farmers and ranchers, as well as Texas producers and small businesses are paying the price and adding extra should pay billions of dollars, "said Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
At lunch on Tuesday with administrative officials, no senator spoke for the president's position. But that does not mean that the Republicans of the Senate are united. Far from it.
Some Senate Republicans are disappointed that their colleagues resort to such public warnings. They feel that without the help of Congress, the President has tried everything he can and that moving tariffs does little to bring about positive change.
"I understand what the President is trying to do and I understand where he comes from. I would say to my colleagues and others, "If you have a better idea, fantastic," said Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.).
For McConnell and his deputies, the different views in the caucus speak Like McCarthy, they also know that their leadership role means they need to support the president in general.
McCarthy, who faces up to the challenges of the conservative Freedom Caucus and could one day face a leadership battle by Minority Whip's Steve Scalise, was particularly close to Trump .
But it is clear that the republican leaders do not like the tariffs as well. And the last thing they want to do is another inner-party feud over the president's unilateral actions on the border as the season draws closer to its members.
"The message was pretty clear that there are a lot of concerns," said GOP Senator John Thune of South Dakota, the whip of the party. "Hopefully we will see how we get out of the house in the next few days, whether this idea can be disabled or not."