The President’s public feuds with establishment Republicans has led to political victories, with high-profile figures like Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) deciding not to seek re-election.
But these Senators are using the time they have left in Congress to challenge President Trump and the agenda he represents. According to The Washington Times, Sen. Corker, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has declared his intention to use his committee in the coming months to question prominent members of President Trump’s cabinet “about what powers the President has, should [and] shouldn’t have.”
Sen. Corker is employing the help of Sen. Flake, who also sits on the Foreign Relations Committee. Their efforts begin Monday evening when Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appear before the committee.
The primary purpose of the questioning, according to Sen. Corker, is to determine the Trump administration’s “perspective” on war powers and whether Congress should pass the Authorization for Use of Military Force, passed after the 9/11 terror attacks.
The Authorization for Use of Military Force gives the President authority to use necessary force against those who planned or aided in the 9/11 attacks, or who harbored the terrorists that did.
“The committee is going to be very active,” Sen. Corker said. “It’s going to be a very robust period of time.” The Tennessee Republican’s remarks seemed to suggest that the hearings will be a referendum on President Trump’s foreign policy.
“I think it will be very informative to the American people and to the rest of the Senate about what powers the President has, should [and] shouldn’t have,” Sen. Corker said. The anti-Trump Senators’ opposition to the President could potentially take many forms.
Last week was a banner one for anti-Trump bigotry. During a briefing at the White House detailing President Trump’s new immigration plan giving priority to those who, among other things, speak English, Jim Acosta, CNN’s White House correspondent, responded, “This whole notion of they have to learn English before they get to the United States, are we just going to bring in people from Great Britain and Australia?”
Mr. Acosta was widely panned for the ignorance of the remark, but it’s also an example of Michael Gerson’s phrase, “the soft bigotry of low expectations.” Coined when he was President George W. Bush’s speechwriter, it perfectly describes the smug attitude of the elite expecting the downtrodden to automatically fail, and their perpetual need for government to save them from themselves.
It’s no wonder we don’t want the so-called “elites” controlling our health care, managing foreign policy or determining who gets in this country and why. Americans are now partisans for the country, their own families and the future, and a vote for Trump in 2016 is the result of that commitment.
In the meantime, Trump-haters on both sides of the aisle will keep pointing at the president and his team as the problem. They are wrong and will continue to fail, reminding us every day the importance of having a President Trump.
Trump Haters and the GOP
Sen. Bob Corker said a lot of things about President Trump on Tuesday morning. The Tennessee Republican warned that Trump's itchy Twitter finger could set off another world war. He suggested Trump is a liar. He said Trump's legacy will be “debasing” America. He said Trump is not a role model for children. He declined to say whether Trump should be trusted with the nuclear codes. He said Trump's conduct is “very sad for our nation.” He said Trump has “proven himself unable to rise to the occasion.”
Sources for this article include:
StevieRay Hansen Investigative Reporter for SrhNews.com and HNewsWire.com
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