When Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination, he said, “Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it.” Well, we’re on day three of the government shutdown with Republicans in control of the House, the Senate, and the White House and the former reality show star cannot ‘fix it.’ Instead, Trump has spent his morning unleashing mean-girl tweets to blame Democrats, even though in 2013, he blamed President Obama for the government shutdown. Who knew that presidenting would be so HARD?
On Monday, a Republican Senator suggested on CNN’s ‘New Day’ that Congress should just move on and not wait for Trump in the negotiations to end the shutdown.
“I do not know where the president is,” Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) told the CNN host when asked if he knew “where the president is” on the shutdown.
“I don’t think we should wait for the President. Presumably, he’s thinking it through,” he said. “He’s watching to see what we’re doing.”
Kennedy said that it is up to him and his colleagues to reach a deal to end the shutdown.
“The executive branch, as you well know, is separate from the legislative branch. And it’s our job to fund government and keep government open,” Kennedy said.
“And I don’t think we ought to spend a lot of time waiting to hear from the president,” he added. “He’ll weigh in when he’s ready to weigh in.”
Republican Sen. John Kennedy on deal to end government shutdown: “I do not know where the President is, I don’t think we should wait for the President. Presumably, he’s thinking it through” https://t.co/e80jhJZVji
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 22, 2018
Trump appears to be in hiding, not only from the media but also from his own party. The Art of the Deal president is about to be left behind as lawmakers take the lead to negotiate opening the government back up. It speaks volumes that a Republican Senator has no idea where his president stands on this issue that has left hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens furloughed.
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