Reports from today’s meeting between President Donald Trump and Democratic Party leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Steny Hoyer (D-MD), show that the President is ready for war and no longer pulling any punches against his adversaries.
Per same aide: Trump to Pelosi: "President Obama drew a red line in the sand. In my opinion, you are a third-grade politician."
Hoyer stated: "This is not useful."
Speaker and Hoyer stood and left the meeting.
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) October 16, 2019
Following the meeting, Trump and Pelosi bashed each other publicly and called each other unhinged. It was clear that Trump’s aggressive and biting rhetoric had really flustered Pelosi.
Nancy Pelosi needs help fast! There is either something wrong with her “upstairs,” or she just plain doesn’t like our great Country. She had a total meltdown in the White House today. It was very sad to watch. Pray for her, she is a very sick person!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2019
— ABC News (@ABC) October 17, 2019
Trump is demonstrating he will not play ball with political opposition that is desperate to evict him from office undemocratically under any circumstances. The White House is putting the blame on the Democrats for storming out of the meeting abruptly after they were triggered by Trump’s remarks.
“The President was measured, factual and decisive, while Speaker Pelosi’s decision to walk out was baffling, but not surprising. She had no intention of listening or contributing to an important meeting on national security issues. While Democratic leadership chose to storm out and get in front of the cameras to whine, everyone else in the meeting chose to stay in the room and work on behalf of this country,” White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said.
Trump kept trolling Pelosi on Twitter, posting a photograph from the meeting when Pelosi was throwing a child’s tantrum:
Nervous Nancy's unhinged meltdown! pic.twitter.com/RDeUI7sfe7
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2019
Trump has already gotten Pelosi to blink, as she and other House Democratic leaders like Rep. Adam “Shifty” Schiff (D-CA) are too scared to put the impeachment inquiry against Trump to a formal vote:
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) has said that he “may not” put the impeachment inquiry up to a vote in the House, as Democratic Party leaders prepare to push the measure unilaterally.
The House Intelligence Committee Chairman could be worried about putting House Democrats who serve in more conservative districts on the record heading into next year’s contentious general elections.
“We may have a vote on an impeachment proceeding, or we may not have a vote. Ultimately that will be the decision that we make together with our leadership. But no one should be under the apprehension or misapprehension that were we to vote and authorize, by the full vote of the House, an impeachment inquiry that that will in any way stop the White House complaints, attacks, etc,” Schiff said at an event in New York City on Monday.
“They will just move on to the next hurdle they want to put in the way. So, we should be clear about what is happening here. This is merely an effort to delay, distract, deter. And we will not be delayed, and we won’t be distracted, and we will not be deterred,” he added…
Schiff is acting like he does not care about the implications that a vote on the impeachment inquiry may have during next year’s election.
“Let the chips fall where they may,” he said during the Monday event.
But the Trump administration and Congressional Republicans are calling Schiff’s bluff. They continue to demand a full vote on the impeachment inquiry, and certainly would point out the Democrats in conservative-leaning districts who joined in on their party’s extreme partisan witch hunt against the President.
Democrats are already getting a taste of what they will have to face off against if they actually go through with impeaching Trump, and they are not liking it one bit.
Mitch McConnell Preparing Exit Strategies, Potential Successors in Advance of Possible Retirement
Will Mitch retire?
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has reportedly created a shortlist of potential successors, with the establishment Republican considering a possible retirement before his term ends. McConnell was reelected to another Senate term in 2020, and the Intercept broke the news of his retirement considerations on Thursday.
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is reportedly McConnell’s first pick for his successor. Former UN Ambassador Kelly Craft and Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams are also possible replacements. McConnell, 79, has served as a Kentucky Senator since 1985.
Kentucky law currently would allow Governor Andy Beshear- a Democrat- to appoint McConnell’s successor if he retired. However, McConnell is pushing for the Republican state legislature to pass reforms allowing them to select replacements for Senators who have resigned. McConnell’s quiet boosting of legislative reforms to appoint interim Senators led to the reports of his potential retirement, although it’s unclear when he plans to leave the picture.
McConnell largely alienated the Republican Party with a forceful denunciation of former President Donald Trump during the second sham impeachment trial targeting the President, although he declined to vote to convict the President on the basis of legality. A Republican candidate in the mold of McConnell’s 20th century style would have a difficult time winning a Kentucky GOP primary, and McConnell’s appointed pick may start off in such an election with a considerable handicap. In addition, the legacy Senator remains popular in Kentucky, although at least one county party censured him for his betrayal of Trump in January.
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