GOP Experiencing Trump Fatigue

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:

“Exasperated Republicans in the House and Senate are growing tired of having to defend President Trump.

Daily dramas from the White House are increasingly frustrating Republicans on Capitol Hill and threatening to derail the party’s agenda heading into the midterm elections.

“Can we have a crisis-free day?” Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) asked reporters on Monday, according to CNN. “That’s all I’m asking.”

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.

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), also a member of GOP leadership, echoed that sentiment, telling reporters, “Less drama from the other end of Pennsylvania would be a good thing.”

There’s no sign of that happening, however.”

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.”

From Bloomberg:

“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.

“The administration also needs to be held accountable,” he told reporters Tuesday evening.

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.”

“We need to have immediate classified briefings on what occurred at this meeting so that Congress can at least know as much as Russian leaders,” she said in a statement.

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:

“Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) says that Republicans should have serious concerns if the details of former FBI Director James Comey’s memo about President Trump are true.”

. . . and . . .

“Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) on Wednesday said if the reports about Trump’s pressure on Comey are true, it would merit impeachment.”

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.

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