Donald Trump has been President of the USA for just four months, and the Republican Party is already experiencing Trump fatigue. That is a summary of recent reports coming out of D.C.
Niall Stanage writes, “Republican unease with President Trump is building, and if it snowballs, the White House could suffer significant political damage. Asked about the mood among conservatives, GOP strategist Rick Tyler replied with a single word: “Fatigue.””
Jordain Carney elaborates:
GOP lawmakers kept the president at arm’s length as they reacted to the White House controversy that Trump revealed highly classified information during an Oval Office meeting last week with two Russian officials.
“I think we could do with a little less drama from the White House on a lot of things so that we can focus on our agenda, which is deregulations, tax reform and repealing and replacing ObamaCare,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told Bloomberg Live.
During the 05/16/17 edition of Special Report with Bret Baier, conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer stated, “I think what’s really stunning is that nobody, not even from the White House, has come out under their own name in defense of the president here. You got an anonymous statement. We don’t see any Republicans on camera.”
From ABC News deputy political director Shushannah Walshe:
“The Trump era has been a torrent of revelations — bombshell after bombshell, day after day. Even so, early signs suggest that this latest scandal just might mark a breaking point for Republicans who have been generally loyal to President Trump.
. . . few, if any Republicans, are rushing to defend the president, a departure from every previous scandal. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told reporters today he is seeking “more clarity” and the “handling of classified information is a critical thing.” And even rank-and-file members who like to usually hide from the Trump controversy of the day are issuing statements calling the story troubling and demanding classified briefings.”
“Some rank-and-file Republican members are starting to express impatience with Trump. After the Comey memo revelation, Representative Carlos Curbelo of Florida said that he wants Congress to create a select committee that would solely focused on Trump and the Russia allegations.
Representative Barbara Comstock of Virginia, whose district is home to large numbers of FBI and CIA employees, said Trump’s disclosure of classified intelligence to the Russians is “highly troubling.”
Representative Steve Knight of California also said in a statement that he’s joining “many of my colleagues in supporting the assignment of a special prosecutor to take over the ongoing FBI investigation” into Russia’s activities and any possible Trump links.”
From The Hill:
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President Trump has been playing with fire, and he will have nobody but himself to blame if he ends up being burned. He needs to keep in mind that he wouldn’t be the POTUS if the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee had been an honest person.