“It would give me, as President, a new emergency authority to shut down the border when it becomes overwhelmed. Trump’s solidifying of his status as the GOP frontrunner for the presidential nomination in New Hampshire this week threw Senate talks on the border deal into chaos, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell eventually dispelling doubts about his commitment to a deal. While many Senate Republicans are on board with the deal, it is far less popular among Trump-aligned House Republicans, including Speaker Mike Johnson. Trump has made immigration reform and the border a central plank of his election campaign. Trump reprised his frequent criticisms of the current state of the southern border Saturday, writing that “it is the WORST BORDER IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD, an open wound in our once great Country,” and demanding the border be closed.