But there's another angle to this that warrants scrutiny: if Trump pressured McConnell to intervene in senators' investigation into the Russian Federation affair, that may bolster allegations that the president obstructed justice. After Trump's defense of some of the white nationalist protesters in Charlottesville, some members of the party stepped up their criticism. Sen.
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Politico's Josh Dawsey and Elana Schor reported that two days before Trump's verbal brawl with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel, Trump called Tillis, signaled he was "unhappy" with the bill and said he didn't want it to pass.
Mr. Trump spoke about Flake first. "If they don't do that, then they're just wasting time", he said of GOP leaders.
Paired with Trump's attacks on McConnell, which reportedly stem from the Senate majority leader's unwillingness to defend the president against the Russian Federation probe, these calls are yet another example of the many Russia-related scandals coming out of the White House. Kelli Ward, as Flake has promoted a book critical of the president. Basically forecasting the rise of Trump, they concluded: "It is a self-inflicted wound, but one with disastrous consequences for us all".
The other half of Mr. Trump's backers are what Salvanto calls "conditional supporters". At an event in Louisville Monday, McConnell said there is "zero chance" Congress will allow the country to default on its debt.More news: Points of agreement and disagreement in triple talaq verdict
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House and Senate Republican leaders, recognizing that a shutdown could be punishing for their majorities, might decide to send Trump a bipartisan bill to the president's desk that dodges hot-button issues altogether. But at least one member of his party says it's uncertain if he'll become the GOP's standard-bearer.
"Bottom line: if Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell can get the president's agenda done, they probably keep their jobs", Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and chairman of the House Freedom Caucus told The Hill. "I don't know what I am now, but it's not Republican".
Since he took office, Congress has been cucking President Trump left and right, failing to pass any significant piece of his legislative agenda and really underscoring what a awful political leader he is.
The Speaker tweeted on Tuesday that "there can be no moral ambiguity" in responding to bigotry and white supremacy, in a seeming rejoinder to Trump's statements that blamed both sides in Charlottesville for the violence there.
Sen. Susan Collins of ME told MSNBC that it is "too hard to say" whether Trump will be the nominee.
Meantime, Trump's slightly masked remarks about Flake and McCain represented just one of the times he openly defied his own senior aides during Tuesday's address.
"Senators clearly are more visible elected officials, and nearly all of them have more heterogeneous constituencies than House members". And if we don't, the Republicans will never get anything passed.