It's "infrastructure week" again for former president Donald Trump, who's trying to make sure President Joe Biden fails at passing a sweeping spending bill, as well.
The twice-impeached one-term president has encouraged Republican lawmakers to walk away from negotiations and criticized Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for engaging in talks, but GOP senators told Politico they've asked Trump to stop talking down the deal and actually lend his support.
"The last time I told him there's not going to be any tax increases, and I'm of the opinion let's do a deal that's good for the roads, ports, and bridges -- let's do it," said Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC). "I appreciate the effort of everyone and I'm hoping we get there."
But Trump has made clear he won't support a bipartisan deal, and aides say he remains angry that he couldn't get a big bill passed while he was president.
"They had four years to do an infrastructure deal with someone who knows infrastructure and actually builds buildings," said one Trump aide. "I'm just speaking for myself, he hasn't said, 'Oh they should have done it with me,' but if they actually wanted infrastructure they would have done it when President Trump was in there."
Retiring Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), who said Wednesday there's a agreement on the bill's broader outlines, and he asked the former president to get behind it, as well, but one GOP aide said Trump's behind-the-scenes efforts don't have much impact on negotiations.
"I don't think there's a lot there," said senior GOP aide. "It's not reverberating here. I don't think Rob Portman sees this and goes, 'Oh no, I have to give up.'"
Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), and Paul Gosar (R-AZ) tried to hold a press conference this Tuesday in support of people they say are being persecuted for participating in the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, but the event was cut short by protesters, including one who showed up with a whistle to drown out the GOP lawmakers' speeches.
In a tweet Wednesday, Gaetz posted video of the whistler, accusing him of "assaulting" a reporter who was on the scene, due to the fact that the protester was blowing his whistle in the direction of the reporter who was asking him to back away.
"Behold the tolerant, pro-speech Left," Gaetz wrote.
BREAKING: Masked whistle man assaults @RSBNetwork reporter. Behold the tolerant, pro-speech Left 👇 https://t.co/yAGZbuQL5q— Matt Gaetz (@Matt Gaetz) 1627483895.0
But in the comment thread beneath Gaetz's tweet, his critics pointed out that he was being a bit over dramatic.
@mattgaetz @RSBNetwork Conservative values: https://t.co/uSW60dzNLy— Fuck trump (not a fan of coups) (@Fuck trump (not a fan of coups)) 1627485373.0
GAETZ : Blowing a whistle?... assault.
Also Gaetz: insurrection?...tourism
violence on Jan 6?.....tourism.
People killed?... tourism
Capital cops bashed?... tourism
Attempt to overthrow democracy?.... tourism
— Cindy Shakeshaft ✊🍀 (@Brittox62) July 28, 2021
"Unmasked reporter assaulted masked protester"
Fixed it for you
— Tish Bryce (@tish_bryce) July 28, 2021
I did not see any assault as a matter fact she touched him if she doesn't want to have the whistle in her ear move away. Isn't blowing a whistle the same thing as freedom of speech?
— Ruffteacher36 (@ruffteacher36) July 28, 2021
@mattgaetz @RSBNetwork Assault? Where? Are you serious? She came closer to touching him and you should know all abo… https://t.co/OulxzH3fBl— 💙 🇺🇸 Robbi 🌊 👩🏼⚕️⚓️🐾 (@💙 🇺🇸 Robbi 🌊 👩🏼⚕️⚓️🐾) 1627486926.0
She should wear a mask.
— Jerry Mander (@realpublicius) July 28, 2021
watched this about 10 times still looking for any kind of assault except for the reporter laying her hands on the guy. I will say this Matt you ran out there yesterday like a guy who just got caught with an underage girl.
— Cold As Hell (@XColdasHellX) July 28, 2021
He doesn't understand what legal age means so he wouldn't understand what assault means pic.twitter.com/GAmvzsESwS
— The Meidas Jules ✨ (@TheMeidasJules) July 28, 2021
"Please point to where the evil person assaulted you."
— Chris Swartout (@chrisswartout) July 28, 2021
At what point did she feel threatened that she was going to be attacked? Where was the assault?
— ☕ Coffee ☕ (@CoffeeForever5) July 28, 2021
Assault? What? Where? Are you high on crack, again?
— Sgt Joker (@TheSGTJoker) July 28, 2021
'The grift that keeps on grifting': Jared Kushner mocked over report he plans to 'leave politics' to launch investment firm
Former president Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, reportedly plans to "leave politics" to launch an investment firm.
"Kushner, the former chief executive of Kushner Companies, who served as the Republican president's senior adviser in the White House, is in the final stages of launching an investment firm called Affinity Partners that will be headquartered in Miami," Reuters reported Wednesday. "Kushner, who is married to Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, is also looking to open an office in Israel to pursue regional investments to connect Israel's economy and India, North Africa and the Gulf, said two people briefed on the plan, who spoke on condition of anonymity."
Kushner remains close with Trump, and he and his family are spending the summer as the former president's next-door neighbor at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., according to the report. Before that, Kushner spent several months in Miami working on a book about his White House experiences to be published early next year.
Here's how Twitter greeted the news.
But he was so good at politics … 🤮 https://t.co/6RqLEZo1bQ— Jail Bill Barr (@Jail Bill Barr) 1627488548.0
“Leave politics” — he’d have to enter politics first. 🤣🤣🤣 — #JaredKushner was NEVER in politics!! https://t.co/bTqiYh7vm2— 🧚 STINA LYNN 🧚 (@🧚 STINA LYNN 🧚) 1627488272.0
@kelly2277 I don’t recall him ever running for a public office. He just trades on access.— meester (@meester) 1627488406.0
@jacobkornbluh So he thinks he can avoid prosecution by hiding out in Israel?— Vicki Polin (@Vicki Polin) 1627482614.0
@HeathaT @aidnmclaughlin @steveholland1 @Yahoo Alternate title: Florida Man starts up money laundering racket, pyramid scheme— Lagerwhat? (@Lagerwhat?) 1627487215.0
Otherwise known as "How to lose a lot of money in 555 easy steps" (ahem 😎) Anyone who invests with this latest exa… https://t.co/e5gNiVVUgm— James Gow (@James Gow) 1627490521.0
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